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No ^9984 

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Dr. Eugene Hilton 
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2721 Monterey Blvd. Published by Hugh Hilton Genealogical Society 

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Chapter 1 
Introduction 1 

Chapter 2 
Distant Background 7 

Chapter 3 
Related Families --One Family or More?. 13 

Chapter 4 
The Hiltons of Lancashire, England 17 

Chapter 5 
The Hiltons of Durham, England 23 

Chapter 6 
The Scattered Families 32 

Chapter 7 
After Eight Hundred Years 36 

Chapter 8 
Hugh and His Father's Family „ . . . . 46 

Chapter 9 
Hugh, Jane and Isabella Join the Mormons . , 55 

Chapter 10 
Life in Utah 59 

Chapter 11 
Charles Hewett Hilton . . . 6 9 

Chapter 12 
Our Only Aunt 75 

Chapter 13 
John Hugh Hilton and His Family . • 80 

Chapter 14 
Joseph Pilkington Hilton and His Family • • 91 

Chapter 15 
Hyrum Henry Hilton and His Family - -00 

Chapter 16 
Present Day Roll Call 1Q 9 



This brief account of some members of the Hilton Family is written in 
this "latter-day, " by a Mormon. While it is written primarily for my kinfolk 
among the Mormons, others who may be interested are indeed welcome to read. 
This account is oriented around a sketch of the life and times of Hugh Hilton. 
He, according to the records at hand, was the first Hilton to join the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Those of us who have descended from him are vitally interested in this 
man who was the first of us to believe the testimony of the Mormon missionar- 
ies that Joseph Smith was a true latter-day prophet of God, and that the Book of 
Mormon was translated from ancient records through the gift and power of God. 
At the age of eighteen and a half this young Englishman was baptized in the cold 
month of February, and these truths of the Restored Gospel motivated his life 
from then until the end. It brought him from his native England to St. Louis, 
Missouri, U. S. A. , then on to Salt Lake City, Utah, and finally to Virgin City 
in Utah's Dixie, where at the too early age of fifty-one he passed away. The 
life of his faithful wife Isabella in many respects paralleled his own. 

At the present count, 757 of us have descended directly from him. We 
are glad to honor his name and those who went before and those who have follow- 
ed after. It is hoped that this brief account will increase our respect and love 
for him and his, and for the truth to which he devoted his life. As will be ob- 
served, much of what is said of him applies equally to Isabella, his faithful 
wife and my honored grandmother. 

As I begin this writing, it is January 17, 1961, in Sydney, Australia. 
We- -my wife and I -- recently flew to Australia from New Zealand where we 
have served at the Church College of New Zealand for approximately two years. 
We are now resting in the summer sun here at the lovely home of James and 
Dawn Wallace, while waiting for our ship, the "Pioneer Reef, " to take us via 
Panama to Boston, U. S. A. , to be greeted by our third son Phyl and his family 
who live in Boston. 

When recently I hunted up a pencil and some paper and began to scribble 
these lines, my wife asked, "What kind of a bee is buzzing in your bonnet this 
time?" She has witnessed the beginning of numerous "literary endeavors" before 
and is hardly content with my explanation that I am working on "some genealog- 
ical matters. " 

Actually several events - -some recent and some remote - -sparked me 
off on this venture. Having retired from my position as Vice Principal of the 
Church College of New Zealand December 21, 1960, which was the second 
"retirement" from the field of active education, it now looks like I may be able 


to do some things not required by "the job. " This writing will, I hone prove 
ogieirsLfching"' ^^ l0ng imended t0 d ° tMs sum n!a g rization orS'r&j 

Mentioning retirement reminds me of the fact that the future comes- 
the past does not return. Well I know that not one of my seventy four yTars 
will ever return and the part of the future that will yet come to me is shorter 
every day- -and I must yet finish many tasks. So it is more important to face 
he future resolutely than to lament the past. The following jS if for me 

pa° t K&tm4 f °af%r- N ° ° ne h T 3 nght t0 uli ^ g unless he n h e as 

thl first h iff nt ir h S fi H th ,!" e( r SCOre and ten - l do not know who wrote 
tne nrst halt ot it, but I added the last as a sort of confession: 

Do you know how I know that my youth is far spent'? 
It s cause my girup-and-go has got up and went. 
But 1 can still grin when I think where it's been 
As I greedily wish I could go there agin*. 

husband^W bC mi ^ le K' the D writer of th ^e lines, whether considered as I 

ci etc' has r ho g nA n vof h6r ' ??. mrc ^ ft*?r, author > retired school master. 
^h iS^i ( ° pe) , yCt cnou S h 'steam" left for the task ahead, although 
admittedly not as much as "before the pruning knife of time cut him down. 

There are several other reasons why "I take my pen in hand"- Each of 
our seven sons and Patricia- -and some of the grandchildren have requested 
that I write down some of my findings and experiences. Some of them as 

wrlteTC 1 Se^i r ^ r H' and C ° USinS ' 1 haV o G even P romised to ^TwhS I 
write! As they ask Why do you wait so long?" I reply, "Why begin an un- 
finished story so soon?" For, as the farmer's boy, replyingto the inquiring 
traveler's question "Have you lived here all your ^ife?" said "not yet^ Buf 
as time moves on, I can if necessary add a postscript. 

-■v Then again our church teaches that we should not onlv search out and 
utilize identifying data to enable us to serve as proxies for our forebears bm 

caTsearchFn^'w^ °J ° UV ° Wn l J V6S ^ WelL Des P ite ^Y extensive genealogi- 
aLl ?I2 c g ' I i° Und °" most of ™y lines of descent thus far examined onlv 
L,nH ,1' n ° diar j es OI " journals, and so far very few useful wills I have 

but^ot bv S f^rn able i ValUa , bl f r, teri T al bitten jabout my forebears and the r times 
out not by them. 1 concluded that I should tryTjeTore I die to do what thev hJd 

*^£k^^£lt BU B bef ° r ,t l ^ -bout mysVi? a'ndmlne' however, 
DroffenirnrJ u" n ' haVe been able to flnd U P to this time about my own 

aid Ws wife r JhSl? n™ VT aroun v. d , Ugh ' whom a11 of us have reason to honor 
earliP? t-hl £ ', lt 7 ll L movc ! back ward to approximately 1100 A. D. or 

Sfil I i u f , orwar d to the date of this writing. After all thev constitute an 
invaluable background of available information for me -and for the same rJLsc 

of us y °musTLand on d hii nf0lk 7*° m f y I ! sad ? Sa aCCOUnt ' We aU taow^that etch 
s andsTrtPHv li u,° W11 i fe ?» despite the fact that no Person or generation 

stands utteily alone. We also know the reason from revealed gospel truth whv 

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I verily believe that God doeth all things well and that He guides 
our destinies for our growth, development and joy. I am sure also that 
those of us who were privileged to come to our second estate through 
these grand parents earned this privilege as they through their faithful- 
ness earned their places as the first to receive the Truth in this Dispen- 
sation. By enduring faithfully to the end they stand in their honored 
place at the head of their descendents in this great and last Dispensation 
of the Fullness of Time. All of us-~an increasing number as the years 
go by- -do and will join , I am sure, in honoring them and calling them 

Special appreciation is expressed to each of the many who have 
contributed to the completion of this project. Especially am I grateful 
to Donna Hilton who assisted with the typing and to her father, my brother 
Lyle, for the loan of funds to make these copies available to us. 

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"Long Ago and Far Away" 

"The Hilton Family is the most ancient in England. " This re- 
markable statement is made by Hutchinson in his History of Durham, 
England. The Encyclopedia Americana also declares that the Hilton 
family was "The oldest entitled to bear arms in England. " There 
seems to be little doubt that the musty records of ancient England re- 
veal that our forebears were on the scene and active when accounts- -at 
least the ones that have come down to us --were first kept. 

Certain English authorities link the Hilton name to events as early 
as those of King Edward the Elder, the second of fifty -eight rulers of 
"united" England, Alfred the Great being the first. King Edward reigned 
between 901-924 A. D. 

Continuing, Hutchinson quoted above says: "Sir William Hilton, 
Knight, Dolums de Hilton, married a daughter of Sir John de Grisley and 
had a son, Adam de Hilton who married and had a son and heir, William 
Hilton. Adam Hilton lived in the reign of Athelstane, King of England, 
A. D. 935. (Thus, the Hiltons can trace their ancestry over 1000 years). 
He gave the great cross or crucifix at the monastery of Hartlepool, 
England, whose value was twenty-five ounces of silver, caused his arms 
to be engraved thereon, for a perpetual memory thereof. "1,2 

The r>ther great branch of the Hilton family centered in Lancashireo 
Mr. Davis, ^ for instance, describes a ruin near Hulton Park, seat of the 
Lancaster branch of the family, and says that ". . . not unlikely it forms the 
tomb of a Danish c hieftain who fell in the heat of conflict, while striving 
to acquire the domain of the Saxon Penhilton. " 

The Angles and Saxons invaded the British Isles during the fifth and 
sixth centuries. They set up seven or more kingdoms which warred among 
themselves. The Norsmen 'Sea Rovers" or Danes in turn invaded as early 
as 787 A. D. and by 850 began making permanent settlements. They overran 
approximately half of England. The English King, Alfred the Great, check- 
ed them and confined them to the "Danelaw, " the western border of which 
was near Manchester, Lancashire England. This is near Hulton Park where 
our Hilton progenitors lived—certainly since approximately 1150 A. D. — 
and probably since around 900 A. D. or earlier, perhaps as early as the 
fifth or sixth century when the Saxons came. 

1 Hutchinson, History of Durham, England , Vol. 3., p. 17; also in F. Conn. 
10, Pt. 20, p. 3, Utah Genealogical Society film. 

2 see also Sir Bernard Burke. "The Patrician" Vol. 6 

3 Davis. See film F. Lane. 6 Part 2, pp 123-26, Utah Genealogical Society. 


The Encyclopedia tells of "the fierce heathen invaders, the Danes" 
in 923 at Manchester. "When this town was rewon, the soldiers of King 
Edward built up its walls again and set a garrison there. " 1 The last great 
invasion of the Danes was early in the eleventh century. Canute, the Dane 
ruled all of England for eighteen years beginning in 1016. After him, the 
Danes became Christianized" and fused with the Anglo-Saxons. The name 
Pen Hilton with many variations in spelling is associated with "the Saxon 
Pen Hilton" near Bolton, Lancashire, England, and with a large tract of 
land in which Hulton Park is located some three miles southwest of Bolton, 
(see Map, p. 6a) Whether the land took its name from the man is not clear. 
There are many variations in its spelling, both of the place and of our own 
early family who lived there. The following quotation will serve to illus- 

"Pendleton's chief owner, temp, (contemporary) Edward I, Marferth 
De Hulton. . . Iarnord De Hilton vi de Rejr in Penyelton Rics De Hulton Lands 
in Penelton. " 2 In this and other early documents, the name spelled both as 
Hilton and Hulton appears. They were used interchangeably and there 
seems to be no conclusive evidence that each spelling represented a sepa- 
rate and distinct family. Both spellings were used following the prefix 
"pen. " Since the earliest names on our Lancashire pedigree are believed 
to have been obtained in Wales, we wonder whether it perhaps is the Welsh 
"pen" meaning "head. " 

Where and When They Lived 

We will later trace in considerable detail what is known about the 
beginnings of these two great families separated by some fifty miles — 
one about five miles south of South Shields in Durham near the Scottish 
border and the shores of the North Sea, and the other in Lancashire some 
three miles southwest of Bolton. It will be well at this point to become 
well orientated geographically by studying the map on page 6a . Likewise, 
occasional reference to the "time line" set up in connection with the reign 
of certain English Kings will help to clarify the many necessarily hazy 
items of time and location, (see page 4). 

But first, it will help us to understand the early movements and 
events of our Hilton families by reference to the date 1066 and that which 
followed it. The invasion in 1066 of England by William, the Duke of 
Normandy in France, is an event of great importance in English history. 
It is a pivotal date, and that which transpired near and after it has consid- 
erable bearing on our family history. 

The first name on the long Hulton pedigree of Lancashire is Blethyn 
de Hulton of County Lancaster (Lancashire) England. He lived contempo- 
rary with King Henry 11 whose reign (1154-1189) followed sixty-seven years 
after that of William the Conquerer (1066 - 1087). We will later consider the 
question: Did Blethyn's father perhaps come to England with William the 

~f Davis, See Film F. Lane. 6 pt. 2, pp 123-26, Utah Genealogical Society 
2 Richards' Encyclopedia , Vol. 6, p. 13. 


William claimed mat his cousin, Edward the Confessor, the former 
English king who had no children, had promised him the throne. When King 
Edward died, the Witan appointed Harold to be King. William thereupon 
gathered his followers around him, crossed the English Channel, and de- 
feated the English under King Harold at Hastings, and thus became King of 

William introduced feudalism into England and placed as feudal 
lords, some 20, 000 of the Norman barons who came with him, on strate- 
gically dispersed fiefs, or great landed estates. He did the same with 
some of the old defeated English nobility , thus stabilizing his control. 

All who trace family history during this early period, ask such 
questions as: Where were my progenitors then? Did they come from 
Normandy with William's successful invaders? Or, were they among those 
who opposed him? Did they perhaps rally to his side after his successful 
invasion? Were they among the non- invaders who received land grants 
from him? 

The earliest accounts, as those of Burk and Davis quoted above, 
place people with the names of Hilton and Hulton in both Lancashire and 
Durham some 200 years before the pivotal date of William the Conquerer's 
landing in England (1066). 

We have very little information concerning them between the dates 
of approximately 900, when the name is first written, and shortly after 
William the Conquer er invaded England in 1066 when Lancelot de Hilton 
died fighting for William in Kent. Note the following account of the Durham 
Hiltons siding with and being generously rewarded by William the Conquerer. 

As copied from Mus grave, Hayton, England, the account follows: 
". . .as appears by a certain inscription at Hartlepool, England. Upon the 
coming over of William die Conquerer, Lancelot de Hilton, with his sons, 
Henry and Robert, espoused the cause of William and joined his ranks. 
Lancelot de Hilton was slain at Feversham, Kent. To his oldest son Henry 
de Hilton, William the Conquerer gave a large tract of land on the banks of 
the Wear, not far from Wearmouth, as a reward for his and his father's 
valour. This Henry de Hilton built Hylton Castle in 1072. . . He died in 
Normandy while fighting for English royalty. " 1 

What Racial Strain? 

Questions like how? when? and from what racial strains our families 
came naturally challenge us. From what hints, bits of historical fact, and 
opinions of students are available, we can at least speculate on possible be- 
ginnings of our family. 

Historians tell of Celtic tribes in southern England and Wales before 
the invasions of the islands by the Romans and Anglo-Saxons. These prehis- 
tory people left enduring monuments of their greatness. They evidently 

i F. Conn. 10, Part 20, See Division "Hilton" 1/8 through the film. 



were the wonderfully able people who erected the great stone monuments 
which form the circle at Stonehenge, England. There are five of these 
enormous stones, each weighing many tons and each reaching a height of 
over twenty-one feet. We still ask in amazement, how did they do it? 
We cannot tell whether or not we are related to these people, but there is 
a possibility that we are. 

Southern England was invaded by Julius Caesar in 54 B. C. and 
from then until about 450 A. D. , the Romans regarded it as a part of the 
Roman Empire. These Romans built marvelous roads and walls, some 
of which still exist. We saw some of them when in England on our miss- 
ion in 1950-53. A map showing the Roman Empire at its greatest extent 
(98-117 A. D. ) includes England. *■ It would be interesting to know how 

many, if any, of the Romans remained behind when- -about 449 A.D. 

the Germanic tribes, the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes overran the 
island of England and the Romans withdrew. In time the Anglo-Saxon 
tongue replaced the Roman Latin, and finally after many years of war 
between these tribes all England was united under Egbert (802-839). 
Even as early as 850 A. D. , the invading Danes began to make permanent 
settlements in England. In time they overran approximately half of 

Even though exact information of these great movements was not 
recorded, there is general agreement that the great major events actu- 
ally occurred as outlined. But even Kipling failed to note the part played 
by the Saxons, as we note in the following: 

"But the Romans came with a heavy hand, 
And bridged and rooded and ruled the land: 
And the Romans left and the Danes blew in: 
And that's where your history books begin. "2 

Alfred, grandson of Egbert, who became the only "great" in the 
list of English rulers, was the first of fifty- eight listed as rulers of united 
England between 871 A. D. and 1963. Our Hilton name first appears, as 
indicated above, during the reign of Alfred the Great's successor Edward 1 

The likelihood is, as will be noted, that our Hilton family, as well 
as our maternal lines also if they also came from Britain, descend from 
any one, or a mixture of these native Britons, or invading Romans, Angles, 
Saxons, Jutes, or Danes. 

There still remains, however, another chapter in the unwritten 
history of England that has great and far reaching significance to us Latter- 
day Saints. As believers in modern revelation, we know that in some way — 
probably from the invaders from northern Europe-- there came to England 

1 EE Kenneth M. Setton. National Geogr aphic Magazine , Nov. 1962, 

2 pp 807-818 £L — * B 

Fletcher and Kipling in History of England. 


some of the blood of Isreal, especially that of Ephraim. The descendents 
of these people of "the blood that believes" have demonstrated this by their 
glad and ready acceptance of the message and authority of the restored 
gospel. They have furnished the dominating strength and leadership of the 
Church and Kingdom of God in these latter days. 

Most of the members of the Hilton families which stem from the 
first Mormon, Hugh, find through their inspired patriarchal blessings 
that they are of Ephraim, the second son of Joseph who was sold into 
Egypt. Ephraim the faithful received, as the Scripture attests, 1 the 
birthright blessing in his day. The effects of this superlative blessing 
reach even to this last dispensation. Ephraim's descendents have been, 
and will yet continue to be called as authoritative leaders by the Lord in 
His great latter-day work, which is preparing the world for the glorious 
return of the Lord. With almost complete unanimity, these descendents 
of Hugh and Isabella Hilton are still proving faithful, as were their ancient 
forebears, to the truth that they had the opportunity to receive. 

Thus this priceless heritage comes down to us from the racial mix- 
ture of the freedom - loving people of England, for, as we shall later show, 
it is from the British Isles that nearly all of our progenitors came. We 
believe that God overrules all things to bring about the ultimate triumph 
of truth and righteousness, and that he uses all who will respond to His 
call to assist Him in His great mission "to bring to pass the immortality 
and eternal life of man. "^ We rightly count ourselves as among the most 
blessed of all our Heavenly Father's children. 

At the conclusion of a month of intense genealogical searching in 
and near Bolton , England after finishing our L. D. S. mission there in 
February, 1953, I penned the following lines as I rode along on the train 
from Preston to Liverpool; 

To My Forebears 

The sun hangs low in the English sky 
And my thoughts are long and deep -- 
As I leave the land of my forebears here, 
But your memories forever I'll keep. 

Here toiled my people for centuries past, 
In the failing light of the creeds of men, 
And tonight I salute you with gratitude deep 
For your courage and fortitude then. • 

You kept in your hearts a love for God's truth- - 
You gladly heard when it called -- 
We now prayerfully search for each precious name. 
As with God's saving plan we're enthralled. 

1 Chronicles 5:2; Genesis 48: 13 - 20 

2 Moses 1:39 


Our debt we must ask~ _ How can we repay? 
From you the clear answer we hear: 
Turn your hearts in faith unto us we pray — 
That our day of deliverance be near! 

Believing that our progenitors somehow had also played a part in 
earning for us the precious liberty that was brought from England to 
America and that enabled the restored light of the gospel to survive in 
the modern world, I wrote the following on the day we reached England 
in February 1951. 

To Britain 

My hand goes up in a grateful salute 
To you, Old Britain, as I touch your shores -- 
You the proud Mother of much that I hold dear — 
You the preserver of age old liberties! 

None more than you have paid what freedom cost -- a royal price. 

With costly blood and toil in years now gone, you bought 

And bravely held sweet freedom's light aloft 

Thus the proud record of your past! For it may God be praised. 

Because of your inherent worth, God early sent to you 

The glorious news of His eternal truth 

Restored to earth again from Heaven above. 

With what hearts full of praise our forebears voice their thanks! 

Are you Britishers of today less precious in God's sight than they? 

Will you, the children of courageous sires of old, 

Less valiant prove than they in grasping truth? 

With God's first freedom- - the precious right to choose _ -you still 

must answer give! 

As children of those valiant souls who here the glorious truth 

We now return to you this priceless light to share. 
Reach out - -with open eyes and hearts alert- -and grasp, oh, Britain! 
We beseech, while yet for you the light still shines! 



Spelling the Name 

With the brief orientation of Chapter 1, let us now consider more in 
detail what we know of the various segments of our paternal Hilton line. 

While the name is spelled in the records Hilton, Hulton, Hylton, etc. 
there were about 1100 A.D. two main families. These early families were 
found in two locations --one family group started at Hulton Park near Bolton 
in Lancashire, and the other at Hilton Castle in Durham. These places are 
approximately 50 miles apart. Naturally, since we bear the same name that 
they shared long ago, we would like to know if they were related and if so, 
how. How the name was spelled enters into the answer. Some genealogists, 
noting the variations in spelling , have held that they probably were separate 
families and not related. My searching, however, leads me to the opposite 
conclusion. While the family which built Hilton Castle in Durham held gener- 
ally to the spelling Hilton or Hylton, recent searching shows that the "Hulton" 
spelling appears in the records of Durham and nearby shires about as often 
as the "Hi" or "Hy". In a pedigree I examined in King's College Library, 
New Castle - on- Tyne, the first entry is spelled Helton. The lands held by 
Romanus Miles de Helton in 1166 are mentioned. Other writers referring 
to this same event spell the name Hilton. 1 

It is not entirely clear whether the "de" in the name used by the 
Hulton Park family until the eleventh generation, when, as the pedigree re- 
veals, it was dropped, meant "of", was a title of nobility, " a "land owner" 
or what. 

Some students have supposed that the Hilton spelling came from hill 
tun or hilltown, while the Hulton variation was a place name of origin unknown 
but not necessarily connected with people who lived on a hill. On writer gave 
this summary of the name: "Helgheton and Hulton in the same document in 
1235, Hilton in 1288 and 1292: Hulton 1292: the form Hilton continued in use 
till the seventeen century. " Since then the "Hi" spelling predominates. The 
"Hu " spelling is still used by the family on or near the old Hulton Park estate. 

The late Fred J.Holton, lawyer of Brigham City, Utah, claimed the 
Hultons of Hulton Park as his relatives because of a vision of the ancient family 
granted to him while he was studying law in Washington, D. C. many years ago. 
My study has not thus far found evidence supporting the idea that the Holtons 
are originally from the Hultons. I have never found a case where the two 
names were indexed together. Brother Holton's relationship as shown in the 
vision could, of course, have been through his maternal line. My long time 
friend Archibald Bennett, with whom I discussed this matter, thinks that 
the name Holton could possibly have stemmed from the Hulton or Hilton spell- 
ings. The "Hi" spelling is often found in some of the earliest land records in 

1 Encyclopedia Americana Vol. 16 (1922) p. 168. 



Lancashire. In fact the only place that I have found where the "Hu" spell- 
ing is used exclusively is in the pedigree of "Hultons of Hulton ""that is 
the Hulton Park, Lane, family. Variations in spelling seem to me to have 
no particular significance and certainly does not identify these ancient peo 
pie as unrelated families. The fact that the same names and variations of 
them appear in about the same proportion in both locations from the very 
earliest records is strong evidence of their common origin. 

The given names of the sons of Blethyn de Hulton, the first on the 
Lancashire Pedigree, show that they came from Wales. The noted gen- 
ealogist, William Langton, thinks that the fact that the early Hultons' 
given names such as Blethyn, Jorwerth, Yarwitt, Modoc, Meredith, etc. , 
show without doubt that they came from Wales-~or at least that they were 
living there when these "given names" were first acquired. 

Were the Earliest Hilton Families Related? 

Many gaps yet appear in the ancient accounts of these early English 
families. Historians have attempted to appraise the significance of certain 
known facts. Let us examine some of them as background to help answer 
the above question. From what we have been able to find, we deduce the 
following. For convenience we have set them down under nine headings: 

1. The Hilton name with slight variations in spelling was known and 
applied to persons from very early times. Burk, for instance, places Sir 
William Hilton, Knight, between 924 and 940 and his son Adam at 956. These 
were believed to have lived in Northern England - "likely in Durham. 

2. The expression "The Saxon Pen hilton" used in the earliest 
known records evidently refers to a man. His lands were located in Lanca- 
shire near modern Bolton in approximately 912 A. D. by Whitaker, by 
Ashton and by Davis. It is likely that many Hiltons continued to live there 
in the years that followed, and perhaps even before the coming of Blethlyn 
de Hulton from Wales about 1150. This suggests the liklihood that our 
Hiltons were there before any of the facts that historians weave unto their 
accounts were known to modern man. 

3. During the gap of approximately 150 years until Henry built 
Hilton Castle in Durham in 1072 and some 300 years until the Hultons built 
Hulton Hall in Lancashire, we have so far found but little reference to peo- 
ple bearing the Hilton name. This does not mean that they became extinct, 
for they were in the two locations both before and after these earliest re- 
ferences to them. 

4. It is my belief- -although full proof is still lacking- -that there 
was a common ancestor of the two families shortly before they appear in 
the record - -one located in Lancashire and the other in Durham- -at about 
the same time. They must have had this in mind when in later corres- 
pondence between the two groups Baron Hilton of Durham wrote to Squire 
Hulton of Lancashire: "We are more nearly related than I imagined when 
I saw you, the knowledge of which I came by from an old Pedigree. " 


5. We are sure also that these "original" families continued to in- 
crease and spread out from the two central family sites. When the known 
pedigrees start - -for the Durham Hiltons shortly before 1100 A. D. and for 
the Hulton Park Hultons about 1150- -both groups were large land holders 
and very prominent and influential families. 

6. Since Hiltons were known to have been in Lancashire some 300 
years before Blethlyn and his sons Jorwerth and Modoc came into Lancashire 
from Wales about 1150, it is quite possible that they were merely returning 
to the place of the "original" family home. 

7. Further evidence that these families were related is shown in 
the fact that in bequeathing their lands, they remembered each other. In 
one example from the year 1526, the Durham Hiltons distributed lands to 
Hiltons et al in five other places including London and Hulton Park, Lanca- 
shire. It is interesting to note in passing that in these ancient documents 
the Durham Hiltons spelled the name of the Lancashire family "Hi" and 
not "Hu" as appears in the Lancashire pedigree. Also in this same refer- 
ence "John Hilton, citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London. . .was 5 Octo- 
ber 9 Henry VIII (1518) at this time Taylor to our Lord the King. "1 An- 
other example is where "Nathaniel Hilton, merchant of London gave 
'specific properties to William Hulton of Hulton Park for life then to Anne 
his wife. fu 

8. Still another evidence of relationship is seen in the "quartering 
of arms" as set out in "Heraldry and Genealogy": "Emblazoned arms of 
Hulton of Hulton, Hulton of Domington, County Lincoln, Hilton of North- 
umberland, Hilton of Dyonsmco, Durham, Hylton and Hilton, Baron of 
Hilton. " 

9. Some of the most conclusive evidence so far noted to add to the 
above is found in ancient papers, letters, etc. between the two families. 
These were but recently made available to the public. These were released 
by the father of Squire Geoffery Hulton, the present squire of Hulton Park, 
sometime around 1950 when he moved to a "larger forty- room house" from 
Hulton Hall in the Park where the family had lived for approximately 800 
years. Much of this information is now revealed for the first time. 

These documents show that the families in Hulton Park, Lancashire 
and those at Hilton Castle in Durham considered themselves related. They 
visited each other, kept up a correspondence, proposed intermarriage, etc. 
The following quotations from the film setting this forth will serve to illus- 
trate: "Richard, Lord Hylton, Hylton Castle to Squire Henry Hulton of 
Hulton Park 20 May 1720" -We are more nearly related than I imagined when 
I saw you, the knowledge of which I came by from an old pedigree. " P. 82. 
"9 May 1726: Henry Hylton to John Hylton. . .advising him nol to let slip 
any opportunity for the marriage of Dorothy. ..." etc. etc. 

1 Robert Surtees,. Durham 7, Vol. 1, p. 99-105. 

2 See Microfilm F Lane. 3 Part 2 - Utah Genealogical Library, P. 80-82. 


While we do not have "the old pedigree" to which Baron Hilton re- 
ferred, we can, I feel, very surely regard the two great families as orig- 
inally stemming from the same source. Since they regarded themselves 
as being related, it would seem presumptuous indeed for us to conclude 
that they were not. The evidence shows that Hiltons located in other areas 
of Britain have stemmed from one or the other of the two great centers. 
No evidence to the contrary has been found. We have accordingly recorded 
genealogical information on all Hiltons wherever found in Britain, con- 
cluding that they are our relatives. So far as the identifying information 
has been sufficient, we have cleared their names in family groups for tem- 
ple ordinance work. Many thousands of families have been thus cleared for 
these sacred ordinances and many thousands of names yet remain to be pro- 
perly identified as belonging to complete family groups. 




Distant Progenators 

Despite much clear information, many questions yet persist as 
we try to find firm information and dates connected with the Hultons of 
Lancashire. Much of this has already been presented, and with it as 
necessary background we can move on to consider other related matters 
pertaining to this branch of the family from which we directly descend. 

Those who prepared the great Hulton pedigree say that probably 
Blethlyn, the first named, was born in Wales about 1100. Some authori- 
ties reach a similar conclusion because the early family names are 
Welsh. "This (Hulton) family is obviously of Welsh origin; the first 
Lancashire members of if -Jorwerth and Modoc, sons of Bleiddyn--are 
supposed to have been among the faithful vassals of Robert Banastre, ex- 
pelled from Wales about 1167. "1 

The major pedigree starts off by explaining how these early bear- 
ers of the name came by the extensive lands they held in Lancashire. 
According to it, King John (1199-1216) gave "in the first year of his reign 
the town of Penelton, in the county of Lancaster, " to Jorveth, eldest son 
of Blethyn de Hulton. He did this "in exchange for other lands" (the wood 
of Kereshall and the wood of Barton, both also in Lancashire. ) The 
pedigree says that King John "had granted" these lands (Kereshall and 
Barton) to Jorveth de Hulton when he, John, was "Earl of Morton. " 

What possible connection, if any, the lands in "the town of Penel- 
ton" or the previously held lands in Kereshall and Barton had with Jorveth's 
father, Blethyn, is not known. Henry 11 with whom Blethyn was contem- 
porary reigned from 1154 to 1189. It was during Henry ll's reign "whilst 
the King was over the sea" that Robert Banastre and other Welshmen- - 
including, we believe, our progenitor Blethyn- -were forced out of Wales by 
Owen Gwyredd "Lord of Wales** who drove all the "King's subjects out of the 
land. " 2 

Both Blethyn and his sons Jorwerth and Modoc were no doubt adults 
when they came to county Lancaster (Lancashire). Blethyn was then pro- 
bably rather "old" since he was born about 1100, and Henry lis reign was 
from 1154 to 1189. Banastre's Castle in Flintshire in the extreme north 
of Wales adjoining Cheshire was captured in 1167. Thus Blethyn would be 
about 67 years old at the time of the forced move. This may explain why 
the first land location listed in the pedigree was to Blethyn s son Jorwerth, 
although Blethyn is shown as from "county Lancaster. " It would seem 

1 Farrer and Brownbire, Eds. The Victoria History of the County of 
Lancaster Vol. 5, p. 26. 

2 Victoria Histor y of the Counties of England , Congressional Library, 

(DA670L2V6) Vol. i and ii, p. 189. 


likely that he and his sons lived in the same general location. It is indeed 
possible that Blethyn had remained in the "original" family seat Lancaster 
while his son Jorwerth, et al went to Wales. In fact, as Thomas H. Hay. 
hurst declares, this enormous area of Pendleton which became "the Hulton 
estate expanded into Pendlebury, Rumworth, Heston, Lostock and other 
neighboring townships. " 1 

It would be an easy surmise that __ as some have assumed the name 
Hilton (Hulton) came from Penelton (pen - hilton or helton)"but the name 
of "the Saxon Penhilton" 2 is referred to by Mr. Whitaker, Manchester 
historian, by Mr. Ashton and Mr. Davis as having been associated with 
the same area in Lancashire (around Hulton Park) as early as 901 A. D. 

We wonder whether some of the people bearing the name Hilton did 
perhaps remain in Lancashire from around 900 to 1200. This would seem 
entirely possible even though some may have gone to Wales, and when dri- 
ven out in 1167, "returned' to the former location of the family in Lancashire. 
Indeed we their descendents wonder and wish that they had left a written 
account of these things. 

From another source we read: "Robert Banastre, who built a castle 
in Prestotyn, which was overthrown in 1161 when Owen Gwyredd succeeded 
in driving all the King's people from Wales. At this time Robert Banastre 
led his followers into Lancashire. ..." 3 


It seems best to consider at this point a brief review of the Hulton 
Park family from which we directly descend. A number of favorable apprai- 
sals (the only kind we have seen) of this ancient family have been written of 
which the following are samples: 

Notes of County Families of Lancashire and Cheshire (Lane. 3) 

"Among the 'Coast Families* there are few the members of which 
can boast a more ancient or more honorable lineage than the Hultons 
of Hulton. Though the name is not to be found on the long roll of 
Norman nobles who accompanied William the Bastard to the spoil of 
England. . .the Hultons have for 700 years and more been gentlemen 
in character, in blood and in social position. . . If in their long career 
they have done few striking things, performed no remarkable feats 
of prowess. . .yet they have been steady, clear-headed, singularly 
efficient men, who have never shirked their responsibilities. . . men 
of sound judgment and capacity, they have been useful rather than 
great, and though they have never been enobled or attained to any 
exalted rank, they have intermarried into the best families in their 
shire, and may pride themselves upon the fact that the best blood 
in the palatinate courses through their veins. 4 

i Thomas H. Hayhurst, History of Bury Church and Manor , chapter 16. 

* See F Lane. 6, part 1, p. 123-120. Utah Genealogical Library, Salt Lake 

6 A Coucher Book of Whalley Abbey, Chetham Society, Vol. X, p. 114. 

4 James Croston, p. 267. 


"The House of Hulton of Hulton is in several respects one of the 
most remarkable extant. The pedigree of the family is by far the 
longest of any in this locality, and is probably as complete, in re- 
cording the names of the various generations , as any in the country, 
the descent from father to son being clearly traced for more than 
700 years. It is also remarkable for the fact that the family re- 
tained possession of the same inheritance, and continued to reside 
upon it. 

"Few families in the Kingdom have been able to maintain as even 
a course amid all the varying fortunes of English history. Sir 
Bernard Burke, in his "Vicissitudes of Families" remarking on the 
great changes wrought by time in the status of families, says: 'Few 
very few, of these old historic names that once adorned by their 
brilliancy a particular locality, still exist in a male descendent' 
and he marvels that in Lancashire where general vicissitudes have 
hastened the influence of commercial successes, such families 
as the Hultons still hold their own. . . . The explanation is perhaps 
not difficult to find. . . . Death, exile and pauperism were the con- 
stant results to the defeated. From these disasters the Hultons 
were happily exempt. 

"Neither the heads of the family nor any of the branches, so far 
as we have been able to ascertain, developed any dangerously 
adventurous spirit, or launched into any wildly ambitious enter- 
prise. They were neither eager for military glory and renown, 
nor over-solicitous for political advancement and eminence. 
Consequently, they were comparatively unaffected by the rising 
and waning fortunes of either monarchs, leaders of parties, or 
movements. If this gained less distinction than some of their 
neighbors --not a single member of the Hulton family having borne 
a title, although one of them had the dignity of knighthood offered 
to him by the King and paid a fine for refusing if -they ran less 
risks and enjoy edgreater security for their persons and property. " 

A sketch of the coat of arms and crest of Hulton of Hulton follows. 
As will be noted, the arms of Hulton of Farnsworth copies the lion rampant 
of the older one. Whether the William Hulton family, who moved to Bolton 
in 1605, had a coat of arms is not known- -at least we have so far not found 
it. It is interesting to note that the "lion rampant" forms a prominent part 
of the coat of arms of the Durham Hiltons also. 

It seems that most of the early Hultons of Hulton adhered to the 
Catholic form of Christianity. There was no other Christian church known 
at the time, since it was some 365 years after Blethlyn and family came to 
Lancashire before Luther in 1517 challenged the Catholic position and brought 
on the Protestant reform and the Protestant churches which followed. The 
Catholic records give the genealogy of most of the Hultons of Hulton, but 
very few other Hilton families as compared to the great mass of Hilton 

i Bolton Journal 20 Oct. 1877. Copied by Eugene Hilton March 1953 at 
Bolton Reference Library. 





genealogical data found in Protestant and non-Church records. After the 
Reformation, at least some of the Hultons who remained at Hulton Park 
turned Protestant. A William living about 1600- -not of our immediate 
line- -is described as an "earnest Protestant" and his wife, Katherine 
Hyde, as a "strong Puritan. " William's grandson William is described 
as a "Puritanical Protestant" and so on. 

"The Longest Pedigree in Lancashire" 

Perhaps this is a good place to introduce two very important items. 
First, a summary of my pedigree. For most of you who will ever read 
this, it will be yours also, so far as the paternal descent from Hugh Hilton 
goes. Others who share the Hilton name may also fit into the line. 

The second item to which your attention is called is the sketch map 
(see page 3 ) to which reference has already been made showing approxi- 
mate locations and distances in these areas. Now to the long "Hulton of 
Hulton" pedigree. 

Names of Male 



Maiden name 
of Wife 

No. of 


Blethyn de Hulton 



Wife - name 
not found 

6 or 

Living at time 
of King Henry 
11; probably 
came from 

Jorveth de Hulton 



not found 

6 or 

Received Hulton 
Park from King 

Richard de Hulton 






Wife- name 
not found 

4 or 

David de Hulton 


Agnes de 

4 or 

John de Hulton 



Joan de 

2 or 


Henry de Hulton 




3 or 

John de Hulton 




5 or 
12 or 

William de Hulton 




2 marriages 

John de Hulton 




4 or 

lames de Hulton 




4 or 

John Hulton 




2 or 

Alan Hulton 





5 or 

Alexander Hulton 




4 or 

Alan Hulton 




7 or 


Names of Male 



Maiden name 
of Wife 

No. of 



William Hulton 




3 or 

Received land 
grant in Bolton 
Disappears from 
long pedigree 

William Hulton 








William Hulton 



John Hulton 






William Hulton 

B. 2 




4 or 

Hugh Hilton (or 





3 or 

William Hilton 

B. 6 




3 or 


William Hilton 

B. 11 


or Sarah 


Hugh Hilton 







Joined Mormons 
moved to 

John Hugh 


Salt Lake 





Eugene Hilton 

B. 12 



Ruth N. 


We have been able to find sufficient genealogical information to iden- 
tify the families of most of those shown in the above chart. The same is true 
for hundreds of their relatives. The search continues as it no doubt will for 
many years to come. Until additional sources of information are found, how- 
ever, many families must remain but partially complete. The records of 
those thus far completed are on file and may be examined in the archives of 
the Church in the Genealogical Society Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. 




Early Beginnings 

While much of the desired detail in the history of both the Lanca- 
shire and the Durham Hiltons is lacking- -especially is this true in the 
approximately 200 years from these earliest known accounts to the more 
complete pedigrees- -(these begin for both locations about 1100 A. D. , 
perhaps even a little earlier in Durham) - "there are still a few interest- 
ing facts and surmises which antidate the pedigrees thus far discovered. 

A look at the map on page 3 : will show that these two "grand cen- 
ters" of the two families are only approximately fifty miles apart - "both 
being in northern England. As noted above the evidence indicates that 
originally there was perhaps but one family from which the two large 
branches descend. We should keep in mind the firm date of 1072 when 
land in northern England was given to Henry by William the Conquerer. 
Or at least that is the date when Henry built the famous and ancient 
Hilton Castle in Durham. There is some evidence, as we have seen, 
to show that the family was. in Durham and vicinity long before that. 
"Romanus (the second name on the long Durham pedigree) held three 
knight's fees in 1166, and was probably by no means the first settler, 
as his lands were held of ancient feoffment. " * 

The account of this Henry is set forth in a manuscript in the pos- 
session of the Musgraves of Hayton as follows: 

"Three hundred years before the Conquest, even in the reign of 
King Athelsten, one of the Saxon monarchs, the family of Hiltons 
were settled in England in great reputation, as appears by a cer- 
tain inscription at Hartlepool. That upon the coming over of 
William the Conquerer, Lancelot de Hylton, with his two sons, 
Henry and Robert, espoused his cause and joined him, but that 
Lancelot was slain at Feversham in Kent. That to the elder son 
Henry, the Conquerer gave a large tract of land on the banks of 
the river Were, not far from Weres mouth; a reward for his own 
and his father's valor. That this Henry built Hilton Castle in 
the year 1072, was one of the deputies that treated with the Con- 
querer concerning the four northern countries^ and in the service 
of that prince, was at last slain in Normandy. " * 

Although the evidence seems quite conclusive that the Hiltons were 
in Durham from the reigh of King Athelsten (924 - 940) we still have but 
little detail of their activities until 1072 when Henry built Hilton Castle as 
indicated above. Henry's father Lancelot de Hylton was killed in Kent 

i Robert Surtees, History and Antiquity of the County of Durham, p. 88 
2 See Durham V Vol. 2 p. 640 Utah Genealogical Library. 

- 23 - 

while fighting in the army of William the Conquerer. The mention of 
Kent makes us wonder whether these Hiltons perhaps lived in the vicin- 
ity of Kent (south and east of London) or elsewhere. Could they have 
been part of the early Hilton group in Penhilton in Lancashire? or did 
Lancelot and his sons come to southern England to join William the Con- 
querer from Durham? or even from Wales? 

Until we find additional information, we can only continue to won- 
der about these points. If reliable facts could be found to center the 
Hilton families in Lancashire or Wales until Henry went to Durham in 
1072, we would then know for sure why the Hiltons in these two locations 
considered themselves as kin. 

This Hilton family flourished through "five centuries and was carr- 
ied through twenty unbroken descents. " It fanned out with great vigor to 
many parts of northern Britain. In connection with the following summary 
of their locations and wealth, please bear in mind that the term "manor" 
in England originally was ' a piece of land held by a nobleman, part of which 
he occupied, the rest being occupied and farmed by serfs. '" 

"The enormous wealth of the Hilton family may be conjectured when 
it is stated that at one time it possessed the Manors of Hilton, Barr- 
ister, Grindon, Ford, Clowcroft, North Beddick, Great Uswarth and 
Follensby, in the county of Durham and Carnaby and Warren Percy 
in York County; Elryton and Woodhall in Northumberland County; 
Alston Moor in Northumberland and Cumberland Counties, with the 
addition of Thyckholgh and Monck- Wear mouth. " 

According to the Encyclopedia Americana 1 the Hiltons were the 
"oldest family entitled to bear arms in Great Britain. " They were also the 
first to receive the honored title of Baron long before it was bestowed offi- 
cially by the King. It was given to them by their neighbors in token of the 
high esteem in which the Hilton family was held. 

The Long Pedigree 

My copy of one of the longest pedigrees of the Durham Hiltons that 
has come to my attention was found in a garage in Oakland, California and 
given to me by the finder who had heard of me as a principal in the Oakland 
Schools. It shows nineteen generations from "Sir William de Hilton, Knight 
Lord of Hilton Castle, contemporary with William the Conquerer" (1066) to 
Charles, son of Edward Hilton, of London. This Charles is the youngest of 
four sons of Edward, fish merchant of London, who with his elder brother 
William came to Plymouth, Massachusetts in .1621 on the "Fortune. " first 
ship to come after the "Mayflower. " Another similar pedigree carries this 
particular line on for four additional generations in England. This long ped- 
igree, however, shows but one branch of the original Durham Hilton family. 
Many other branches can be traced throughout northern England. We have, 
in fact, thus far collected four separate shorter pedigrees, of the family in 
other locations near Hilton Castle in Durham and nearby shires. 

1 Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 16, p. 168. 


A copy of the main stem line of the Hilton of Hilton pedigree to- 
gether with their coat of arms follows: 

A Pedigree of Hilton of Durham 

Name of Male Maiden name Mo. of Historical 
Progenitor Bom of W ife Child. Notes 

Sir William de Contemporary Wm. 
Hilton the Conqueror, 


1 plus Knight, Lord of 

? Hilton Castle, 
Durham, England 

Sir Romanus 
de Hilton 

Living 1066 

1 plus 

ti it 

Sir Alexander 
de Hilton 

Living 1171 


1 plus 

Sir William de 

Died before 1208 

Ben eta 

1 plus 

Baron of 

Sir Alexander 
de Hilton 

Living 1242 in 
Swine, Yorkshire 

Agnes de 

1 plus 

Lord of 
Swine, York 

Sir Robert de 

Living 1253 Hilton, Joan de 3 plus 

Durham Britton ? 

Knight and Lord 
of Hilton 

Alexander de 

(second son) 

Living 1303 


1 plus 

Robert de 

Living 1320 

1 plus Lord of Hilton 
? Castle Durham: 
Baron of Hilton 
Castle, Pur. 

Sir Alexander 
de Hilton 

Living 1361 

1 plus 


Chevalier, Lord 
and Baron of 
Hilton, soldier 

Sir Robert 
de Hilton 


1 plus 

ti M 

Sir William 
de Hilton 

Living 1377 

Joan de 4 plus Knight, Lord and 

Bidik ? Baronof Hilton, 


Sir Robert 
de Hilton 

Living 1435 


Isabella - 

2 plus 

i? ii 

Sir William de 

Hilton Died 1457 


5 plus 


Maiden name No. of 
or Wife Child. 


Name of Male 


Sir William de Living 1457 

Margery 1 plus Knight, Lord 
Bowes ? and Baron of 
Hilton, Durham 

Sir William de Living 1526 


3 plus 

William Hilton Living 1561 




Sir William 

Buried 1600 


6 plus 

ii it n 

His brother 
Roger's son 
William of 
London came to 
America 1621 

Thomas Hilton 

Died before 





John Hilton 

Living 1642 




Owner of 
Hilton Castle 

Henry Hilton 
• Esq. 

Living 1666 


6 plus 

M II 1 1 

John Hilton 

Buried 16 Apr. 


6 plus 

Left no will 

Pedigrees of John's sisters Anne, Elizabeth, and Catherine follow on, but 
are not copied here. 

There doubtless were other Hiltons with Henry the reported builder in 1072 
of Hilton Castle for he is not shown in the above "long pedigree". He may 
have only rebuilt or added to the Castle which was evidently there in 1066 
when Sir William (see 1st entry in above pedigree) is recorded as being 
"Lord of Hilton Castle" six years before Henry "built" it. 





As was true of the Hultons of Hulton, the Hiltons of Hilton were 
very highly regarded by their peers. Before we quote further from Robert 
Surtees and from Henry Dudley's "obituary" to the long-lived Hilton line 
in Durham, let us consider the following remarkable tribute to this noted 
family: * 

Neglected Genealogy 

"Time rolls his ceaseless course. The race of yore, 
How are they blotted from the things that be I 

There are many ancient families now either extinct, or fallen from 
their high estate, which held, in other days, no inconsiderable 
place in their country's estimation. Their names occur not in- 
frequently or ingloriously in the public records, and their virtues 
and their example may be traced, as exercising, for a long ser- 
ies of years, an all-powerful influence over the locality wherein 
they resided. Tradition and romance are linked to the remem- 
brance of these time-honoured houses, and history itself refers 
in its unerring pages, to many of their achievements. But still, 
as the male descent has either sunk into obscurity, or has en- 
tirely passed away, less individual interest remains to perpetu- 
ate the genealogy, and thus, in the lapse of years, some of the 
best of our English pedigrees become so obscured by time and 
neglect, that the greatest difficulty attends their discovery and 
elucidation. The object we have now in view is an attempt to 
remedy this by occasionally inserting in "The Patrician" the 
ancestry of some fallen or extinct house, venerable for its anti- 
quity, and associated, in many instances, with the most stirring 
events of our local and national annals. We commence the ser- 
ies with 


"The Castle of Hilton stands low and sequestered in the Vale 
of Wear, three miles to the west of Wearmouth Bridge, county 
Durham, on the old road to Newcastle. Here, for twenty-three 
descents, extending over six centuries, dwelt in high renown 
the famous Barons of Hilton, a race of gentlemen of the first 
consideration, whose long genealogical line was never stained 
by vice, or sullied by dishonour. Of the title of "Baron" so con- 
stantly bestowed on each successive Lord of Hilton, a few words 
may not be inappropriate. The designation does not appear to 
have had any reference to a peerage honour; but was given by the 
general courtesy of the country, either from respect to the immem- 
orial existence of the family in a gentle state, long before the cre- 
ation of barons by writ, or else with reference to the rank which 

"Neglected Genealogy" in The Patrician , an English magazine published 
in London in 1847. 


the Hiltons undoubtedly held, of "Barons of the Bishopric, " 
sitting with a sort of provincial peerage, in the great council 
of their ecclesiastical Palatine. Certain it is, that the name 
of Hilton always stands first in every Episcopal Commission, 
and that popular respect never failed to concede to its chief 
the precedence of nobility. In 1669, Mr. Arden, complaining 
to Miles Stapleton, Esq. , of the unseemly pride of Dean Carleton 
and his daughters, adduces, as a superlative instance of it, 
that the Dean himself had taken a place above Baron Hilton at 
the quarter sessions, to the great disgust and reluctancy of 
the country gentry; and that, moreover, the young Lady Carle- 
tons had crowded themselves into a pew in the cathedral be- 
fore Baron Hilton's daughters. " 

Not only were the Hiltons of Durham the "oldest family entitled to 
bear arms in Great Britain, " they actually "bore off the arms" and used 
them in many of the "sword and spear" wars of England. Robert Surtees 
declares that "The Hiltons ruined a princely fortune in the cause of their 
Sovereign . " Surtees speaking of Baron John and the Scottish wars says f 
that he ^periled the reliques of his inheritance to the royal cause. . . ". . " 
The estate of Hilton, placed exactly between the royal army and the Scotts, 
was plundered and wasted by both parties, and on the final ruin of the 
royal cause, the Hiltons, including the list of malignants, were totally 
disabled from struggling ..." The cost to the Hiltons in the lives of many 
of their finest is set forth by the able historian Surtees as follows: 

"In the pedigree of the Hyltons there are several names remark- 
able for their learning and piety, but almost innumerable those 
highly renowed for their martial deeds. War seems to have been 
the pleasure , genius, and recreation of the Hiltons, nor has any 
family been more lavish of their blood in defense of their country s 
cause. Since the time of the Conquest, it is remarked of the Hiltons, 
that one was slain at Feversham in Kent (Lancelot), one in Norm- 
andy (Henry) , one in Mentz in France , three in the holy wars under 
Richard I. one in the same under Edward 1, three at the battle of 
Bourdeaux, under the Black Prince, one at Agincourt, two at Berwick 
upon Tweed against the Scots, two at the battle of St. Albans, five 
at Market Bosworth, and four at Flodden Field. " i 

We will now conclude this review of the Hiltons of Durham with two 
quotations. One, something of an "obituary" by Henry Dudley L and the 
other, a tribute by Surtees. 

"But this ancient race which flourished during the lapse of five cent- 
uries and was carried through twenty unbroken descents that continu- 
ed fruitful in lineal representatives- -although so many of its sons 
were slain in battle-was destined to receive its deadliest blow from 
one of its chiefs. 

1 Robert Surtees, History and An tiquity of the County of ^ffim, p. 91 

2 Henry Dudley, tutor, lawyer and genealogist, copy in tsntisn iviuseum. 


"About the middle of the seventeenth century, Henry Hilton, having 
some grevious offence against the family, deserted the seat of his 
ancestory and lived in obscurity and retirement at the house of a 
remote kinsman at Billinghurst in Sussex, England and afterwards 
at Michael Grove, where he died. 

"He bequeathed in 1648 the whole of his estate for 99 years to the 

city of London. This led to active litigation From that time 

the Hilton Barons sank lower and lower, until the last of the family, 
a widow and her daughters, lived in the Wind Mill Hill estate, 
Gateshead: the husband and father, the last of the Hilton line hav- 
ing been , as it is supposed, a woolen draper. 

"With this sad ending of Hilton history in mind, the visitors to 
Hilton Castle will be struck with the impression that the old struc- 
ture in its ruin and desolation staring out from each empty and 
rudely-boarded window, exhibits a corresponding, though con- 
stant, decay to that of the ancestral line that here made merry 
through a score of generations. Now the wind whistles around the 
ruined walls, and whistles triumphantly in the many- creviced 
roof. Now the chill of death has spread through the whole of the 
body corporate of the old mansion, and even the kitchen is with- 
out a fire. " 

Below is the tribute by Surtees: 

After Henry (the Crazy?) gave away the heritage and left the rest 
of the family largely disenherited. . . . "The ancient Barons of Hilton, 
no longer distinguished by extended possessions or extraordinary 
influence , retreated without degradation of blood or of honour into 
the quiet ranks of private gentry. Three successive chiefs of Hilton 
were not more respected for their ancient and undoubted descent, 
than the prudent and unostentatious simplicity with which they sup- 
ported the fallen fortunes of their house, without meanness, and 
without vain regret or misplaced pride. . . they received rather than 
claimed from the general courtesy of the country the acknowled- 
ged rank of the first untitled gentry of the North. The last Baron, 
a man of mild and generous disposition, though of reserved habits, 
is still remembered with a mingled sentiment of personal respect 
.... the last representative of a long and honorable line unstained 
by gross vice, and unsullied by dishonor. " 

Surtees gives the following word picture of the last Baron: 

"A series of short, round, companionable looking faces, on canvas, 
at Hilton, do not belie the family character. The last Baron, in a 
suit of blue and gold, still occupies the panel above the fireplace 
in the deserted dining-room . a fair flaxen-haired, pleasant looking 
gentleman, with a mud, composed countenance. " * 

1 Robert Surtees, op. cit. , pp. 90-91. 


Even enough the family did not continue as it had done for many cent- 
uries from father to son which procedure kept the estates and main line 
fairly intact, there were still many Hiltons around. They spread abroad 
from the original center and became part of the general population. This 
fact is shown in their genealogical records and in the presence even now of 
a great many who are listed in the census, the directories and phone books. 
Many other Hiltons have moved a great distance from Durham and from 
Lancashire even to London, America and Australia. 






Out From Two Centers 

Thus far we have mentioned only incidently the many Hiltons who 
lived in other places than Hulton Park in Lancashire and at Hilton Castle in 
Durham. Actually they appear in the records in many other places al- 
though the greatest numbers are found in the areas surrounding the two 
great original centers. 

The earliest dates found are from Lancashire and Durham, and 
correspondence between Hiltons in outlying areas plus the mention of 
"the home folks" in wills show that they all came originally from one or 
the other center. They scattered out and became very numerous in most 
of the shires in northern England. From there they went to many lands 
and areas. We have clear records of them in London, Ireland, Australia, 
and America. Some went into "bonnie Scotland, " to the north. We noted 
a town named Hilton there when we were missionaries in Scotland in 1951- 
1952. We will not attempt at this time to follow these many segments of 
the larger Hilton family, since we are now concerned primarily with our 
own grandfather Hugh Hilton and his direct progenitors and descendents. 

Both the Hultons of Hulton and the Hiltons of Hilton held very ex- 
tensive lands. The list of the places where these lands were located is 
almost staggering when studied with a detailed map of ancient Britian. 
Although the main estate went to the first-born son—or if no son was born, 
to the next heir- -the outlying lands were often given to other members of 
the family. Sometimes this was done as a "dowry" when a daughter of the 
family married. It should also be remembered that the children of the 
Hilton daughters were half Hilton even though they did not of course con- 
tinue with the Hilton name. There are many references to such "lg" (land 
grants) in the long pedigrees. We have here attempted to follow only the. 
two moves of "our" own particular branch- -one from Hulton Park to Farne- 
worth in 1272 and the next one to Bolton in 1605. 

Although it was not customary in ancient times for people to move 
often or far, still over the centuries branches of the Hilton families from 
the two main centers were found in many places. Sometimes the record 
of a single family is found far from "home". Some rather pathetic letters 
have been noted. One young woman in London wrote to her uncle in Lan- 
cashire pleading for more money- -"for London is a very expensif place 
to live. " Another scion of the family wrote of his difficulties in managing 
profitably the Hilton lands in Ireland. Still another in Australia wrote ask- 


ing his brother to investigate the rumors that had reached him of his 
wife's being unfaithful. William, who came from London to Massachusetts 
America, in 1621, wrote to his cousin in England. This letter was print- 
ed by Captain John Smith in his New England Trials, 1622 edition-- and so 
on. Since the evidence seems clear that all Hiltons in Britian were related, 
we have compiled identifying information on them whenever found in Eng- 
land. To date we have not recorded the names and data regarding others 
who left Britian for America or Australia, exept as stated of Hugh Hilton 
who came to America in 1851. 

Extensive Searching 

Up to this time we have searched for our Hilton kinfolk in the Utah 
Genealogical Library, the Public Library in Los Angeles, in the Sutro 
Library in San Francisco, and in the Congressional Library in Washington, 
D. C. The record shows that to date, no less than 1187 books and 472 films 
have been examined and Hilton names were found in 475 books and 191 films. 
In all, many thousands of Hilton names with identifying data were obtained 
and have been approved for temple ordinances. Many thousands of names 
where the family status is not fully complete yet remain to be completed if 
indeed the required information can ever be obtained. In this difficult task, 
we are now looking for real help from the Church as the results of the 
application of the electronic computers to the many names now being gather- 
ed by "genealogical missionaries" are made available. It is well to bear in 
mind the fact that most of the names we have gathered are from the years 
1500 to 1850. The information comes from Church Parish Registers, most 
of it from Protestant records, some from wills and a small amount from 
available Catholic sources. Even so all these names do not represent all 
of the Hiltons. Many of them did not, for one reason or another, affiliate 
with the church which existed in their day. Since the Church alone kept 
records in England until 1837, when Civil Registration was established, 
there were many people- -and doubtless many Hiltons- -who refused or other- 
wise failed to meet the demands of the Church to pay the fees required for 
entry in the records. This applied to marriages as well as births and 
deaths, and children of such "common law marriages" whose parents did 
not pay the fees were listed- -if indeed they were listed at all- -as illegiti- 

Despite these facts, we still must register our thanks to the Church 
of England for keeping the records that we now find and for making them 
as accurate and complete as they are. Similar gratitude is due to the many 
organizations and societies that printed many of these old records. Our 
thanks for most of the great number of many microfilms- -which now far 
surpasses the number of printed records --goes to the Church of Jesus Christ 
of Latter-day Saints. 


A great new area in genealogical research and temple work is just 
now opening up due to the use of microfilm recording and electronic com- 
puting. This we hope will result in a mighty speeding up of this great and 
important work. Invaluable help in taking out and processing the vast 
amount of work reported here was given by many relatives. Especially 
is this true of my sister Annie Hilton Bishop, my brother A. Wins Hilton, 
Vera Snow Hilton, my late brother Wilford's wife, my wife Ruth Savage 
Hilton, and by my cousins Ethel, Clarence's wife Gladys and others. A 
great many have aided in doing the actual temple work, including a great 
amount by my father, my uncle Joseph Hilton, and my sister Isabel and 
cousins Genevieve, Clarence and Gladys. 

The story of the first American Hiltons is a very interesting one, 
although we will not consider it in detail here. The two brothers William 
and Edward Hilton were the earliest of record to come to America. They 
were wealthy fish merchants of London and came to Plymouth Massa- 
chusetts in the" Fortune" in 1621 --one year after the arrival of the'May- 
flower". This family expanded and became very prominent in early 
America. We have not collected data for them, although they are our 
distant relatives. We suppose and hope that there must be a latter-day 
Saint Hilton much more closely related to them than are we who should 
have the first privilege to do this vicarious work for their near kin. 

Social and Economic Conditions 

As a side light on conditions in Britian about the time of our Hugh, 
the following quotations are offered. It required real strength of character 
to escape the influences of the "Devil's trap" as described below. The use 
of tobacco also became a great curse to the English people. 

"Ever since the time of the Restoration there had been much 
looseness of conduct among all classes, and this was shown in 
nothing more clearly than in the eighteenth century intemperance 
in drink. This was not confined to any particular class of society. 
High-born nobles and grave statesmen saw no disgrace in getting 
drunk. There were ladies of that day who even encouraged these 
excesses in their husbands and brothers. 

It was small wonder, therefore, that the common people fell into 
the stream which was carrying with it those of higher station. In 
1684 gin had been introduced into England, and its effect was 
similar to that when the fire water was introduced among the 
Indians in America. Gin drinking in England took the place of 
beer drinking. As a result there was a general shamelessness. 
This was shown in the public advertisements, which offered a 


safe cellar and clean straw in addition to the privilege of 
getting dead drunk for the sum of two pence. "1 

A description of conditions in Oldham, Lancashire, England, 1799 with 
punctuation, capitalization, etc. uncorrected: 

"The year 1799. . . such a Christmas as was never experieced 
before for it is impossible fully to describe the wretchedness 
of the porr of this once happy country for the lowness of the 
Fustian Trade (Hand loom weavers). Roast Beef Pies and Ale 
are not to be seen in the poor mans Table on the Contrary it 
is graced with Misery and want and a universal Lowness of 
Spirits and Degected countenance appear in every one. Humanity 
is fled from the Breast of everyone so that the wretched and 
miserable poor lye pining unpitied and unnoticed — things grow 
every day worse and worse and nothing is to be seen or heard 
but the woful tale of the poor fustian weavers. " (Hand loom 
weavers put out of work by machines). The weather is "most 
tremendously Roof" (rough) 

At the same time the record shows payment to the Revered 
Mr. Lea L 60 per month (approximately $3600. per year). 
It also shows that the church treasurer (Joseph Slater) "thief 
worse than Jonah escaped to America with L 43. " ($215. ) "O 
monsters of the deep let him not escape you. " 

Prices: Butter Old 9 "d" or pence per lb. 

New 9 

Cheese 5-6 "d 

Pork 3-1/2 - 4-1/2 "d" or pence per lb. 

Beef 5 ' 

Flour 2 s od 

Salt 3d 

Sugar 9-10 d 

Potatoes 1 lb. for a penny 

"Butcher's meat is rising at a most astonishing rate. Mutton 6-1/2 pence, 
beef 9 pence per lb„ " "Much robbery- -no trace left. " "poor little inno- 
cent children are crying for bread. " (Approximately 14, 000, 000 people 
in Great Britain). 

A little later, 1803: "Ear rings at this time a very prevailing fashion. . . 
scarcely any old granny or Miss in her teens escape this fashion. " By 
1814, although conditions were "very deplorable" "very few families 
though ever so poor but what raised a Brew of Malt this Christmas. " 

1 A.J. Berry, The Story of Preston, P„ 203 




We Visit Hulton Park 

Although I had known of our connection with this ancient Multon 
I'ark family for many years, it was not until my wife and 1 had finished 
our missions to Britain (1950-53) that we actually visited the original 
location of "our" family at Multon Park. We spent a month of intensive 
genealogical searching in Bolton and Burnley after our release from our 
missions in February, L953. During most of this month we lived with 
our friend Bessie Corless, her sister and brother at Preston, Lancashire. 

Moping to find some of our living relatives there or in Bolton or 
Multon Park nearby, 1 ran the following advertisement in the "Personal 
column" of the Bolton, Lane, newspapers, and a similar one in the 
papers at Burnley, Lane. 


WILL living relatives of the following 
persons ; wlio emigrated to America 
approximately" 100 years ago kindly write 
to It, Ergrfie Hilton at ♦, Mill Bank. 
1 Liverpool. 13. 

Hugh Rilton. son of William Hilton and 
•Sarah ColUhear, born in Bolton, July 
10th 18lil. 

Isahel Pdkingtnn. daughter of Ann Pit - 

kington horn in Bolton ./an. 30th. 1826- 

William Fro.^t. *on of William Frost and 

Betty born in Halliwell, Jan. 25th, 

1795. 33 

We received quite a number of replies. Some of them were from 
persons who obviously visioned the possibility of sharing in the estate of 
a long-lost rich American relative. When some of those we visited dis- 
covered the truth in this matter, their enthusiasm quickly vanished. 

We did indeed find one notable exception. Mrs. Hilton 

Snedden near Multon Park, wife of a rather well to do manufacturer, 
turned out to be the granddaughter of my grandfather Hugh's brother 
Henry. They were very kind to us and sent their son Harry with the 
automobile- -a luxury enjoyed only by the rich- -to show us around. He 
took us to Over Multon, Middle Hulton, Little Multon and to the site of the 
original Lancashire Milton family at Hulton Park. 

Soon we were wandering around on the vast 4300 acre estate. Some 
fringe acres of this original site of the family have been sold and turned 
into housing areas, but most of the estate with its massive "hall" and 
outbuildings was still intact. The undulating land itself was dotted with 
majestic oak trees and vast fields of waving unkept grass. The hard to 


bear austerity rationing of the Second World War was still in operation 
and we wondered why these fertile acres had not years before been 
farmed to raise food. 

We were welcomed to Hulton Park by Captain Geoffery Hulton of 
the British Navy who, for five years, had been a prisoner of the Jap- 
anese during World War II. Very few Britishers were rescued from the 
capital ship "Renown" after it had been sunk by Japanese bombs. Captain 
Hulton and a very few other excellent swimmers managed to stay alive 
until they were later picked up. He was very cordial and hospitable to 
us his distant relatives from America. He doubtless wondered about 
these Mormons- -as we introduced ourselves- -when we smilingly de- 
clined both the wine and cigareetes he offered. Here at last we were in 
the presence of the living "squire" Hulton of Hulton! We could and did 
talk with him, but we still wondered about the dim past. 

At the extreme other end of the Hilton -Hulton line, how interest- 
ing it would be to read the diary- -if he had kept one- -of our many times 
great-grandfather Blethyn de Hulton, who lived twenty- five generations 
before me. We know only that he is believed to have come over into 
Lancashire, England probably from Wales about 1167 A. D. and settled 
on a 4300 acre land grant known as Hulton Park near Bolton. 

The great hall or mansion had recently been vacated. The father 
of Captain Geoffry Hulton, the present squire, had but recently moved 
to another location. Captain Hulton explained that the old gentleman had 
acquired another "house" and that in its "forty rooms" they would have 
more space to house the furniture, pictures, etc. taken from the old 
"hall". We did not count the number of rooms in the old "hall" but there 
were very many and some of them were enormous in size. I remember 
especially the great entrance hall and the library, where book titles 
were pasted or painted as if they stood on the shelves. I was also very 
much over awed by the enormous kitchen where once the "army" of 
servants cooked over the "walk-in fireplace." A great many people must 
have occupied the many rooms in "Hulton Hall" as it is still called, rode 
the numerous horses which had been housed in the extensive brick stables, 
cultivated the vegetable and flower gardens which lie unkept nearby, etc. 
etc. I recall also how we marveled at the great copper "sunken bath. " 
It was large enough to swim in and was entered by going down a ladder. 
It was explained that the present house is only "about 300 years old. " 
The original building was mostly destroyed by fire. Only the stairs, etc. 
in one corner have been there since the place was built some 800 years 
ago. The accompanying "sketch" will give you some idea of how the Hall 


looks from the front. 


Sketch of Hulton Hall in Hulton Park Lancashire 

This branch of the family were Catholic and apparently had been for 
many generations. At the time of our visit, they were hoping to sell the 
"hall" to the Catholic Church for a nunnery. There is clear evidence that 
most of the early Hiltons on the Lancashire pedigree were.- Catholics. Just 
when the Bolton branch from which we came became Protestants is not clear. 
Since most of the many thousands of Hilton names we have taken out are 
from the Church of England records, we conclude that in relatively modern 
times most of them were Protestants. The Catholic registers on the other 
hand yielded relatively few Hilton names. 

A few notes from the records of long ago are of interest: 

"Hulton was a Cistercian Abbey founded by Henry de Audley in 1223 


in honor of the Blessed Virgin, Saint Bernard and all Saints. " 
the surrender of Hulton Abbey in 1538. . . " "At the site of this ancient 
Abbey workmen found in digging the foundation of the adjoining Farm 
House, some of the monks were buried upright in their clothes. " "... 
William Chalnar and William Hashenhurst were two of the last monks 
of Hulton. "1 

"Pope Innocent VIII granted dispensation for the marriage of Adam 
Hulton and Alice Hulton, they being related in the fourth degree, in 
consideration of a competent donation being made to the Holy Crusade. "2 

The eighty-year old caretaker, Mr. Wilson, who had looked after the 
place for many many years gave me a rather worn pedigree chart of the in- 
habitants of Hulton Park and nearby locations. Fromut the main"stem line" 
shown on page 21 was taken. It begins with Blethyln de Hulton who was born 
about 1100 A. D. and ends in 1871 with the grandfather of Geoffery the present 
squire. In addition, this ancient pedigree shows many branches of the family, 
including John of the fifth generation who founded the line at Farneworth. 
(See map. ) This great "second center" of parts of the family was set up 
during the first year of the reign of King Edward I (1272). 

"Our"Hiltons Move to Farneworth 

My wife and Hater visited Farneworth which is but two and a half miles 
from Hulton Park. Here we saw many decaying remnants of what was at 
one time a fabulous "spread" of buildings, both public and private. A new 
town has grown up among these ancient structures. One great hall had just 
been taken down when we were there in March, 1953. There is an excell-^ 
ent small library in Farneworth where we found approximately 1500 "new" 
names of our relatives. These people were evidently very wealthy and also 
very astute and wise. This we judge by the fact that they were able to keep 
sufficiently in the favor of the changing kings and ruling groups to be allow- 
ed to stay in places like these in Hulton Park and at Farneworth through 
century after century without being dispossessed 6r taxed outiof existence. 
"The last of the family at Farneworth died during the reign of Queen 
Elizabeth sometime between 1593 and 1605." This unusal fact was observed 
as we compiled the genealogical data found in the Bolton Library records. 
John de Hulton of Farneworth who died 29 November 1508 was found at the 
time of his death to own land in eleven different places, totaling 4584 acres, 
and the list was still incomplete. 

1. John Sleigh, History of the Ancient Parish of Leek, Staffordshire p. 56 and 219. 

2. Film, Lancashire 3, Part 2, 9 May, 1489. 

- -39- 

I 1 ugh and Progenitors in Bolton 23 5 y ears 

The Hulton family lived in Hulton ParJs for approximately 200 years when 
John moved in 1272 to his land grant in Farneworth, some five miles east. 
Our particular Hilton line continued to be centered at Farneworth for 333 

years until William, who married Elizabeth ? was granted land in 

Bolton in 1605. Here this branch of the family continued at least for 235 
years until our Hugh, who was living in Little Bolton, a suburb of Bolton, 
joined the Latter-day Saint Church in 1840, and until he migrated to Utah 
eleven years later in 1851. These increments of time really add up to a 
long period. Many of the descendents of the original Hultons remained at 
the Park, others at Farneworth, and still others at many other locations 
to which branches of the family moved. There were no doubt many Hilton 
relatives still living in Bolton when our Hugh left to come to Utah. Indeed 
there are a great many Hiltons still living in all of these places. 

We have but scanty information about the family in Bolton for 235 years 
until our Hugh joined the Mormons. William, born in 1558 in Farneworth, 
was granted land in Bolton in 1605. Our Hugh worked as a weaver, and 
a schoolmaster, a brewer and apparently had no land of his own when he 
became a Mormon in 1840. 

It is interesting to note that Lancashire was but sparcely settled in 
these early days. Bolton must have been but a small *:own in 1605 when 
"our" Hiltons moved there. As late as 1832 the population of Bolton, for 
instance, was about 41, 195. In 1961 it was 70, 396; 1901, 168, 215; and in 
1961 was down somewhat to 160, 887. The other places where many of our 
progenitors lived- -Hulton Park, Over Hulton, Middle Hulton, Little Hulton, 
Farneworth, etc. --are still but small places. It was not until 1828- -when 
grandfather Hugh was seven years old- -that the railroad first came to 
Bolton. The first primary elections were held there in 1832 when he was 
eleven years old. A "Mrs. Hulton" christened the first locomotive. We 
do not know how closely she was related to our Hugh. 

A date seven years earlier than the above (1828) for the coming of the 
railroad to Bolton is given by the Bolton Ch ronicle in the following quo- 
tation: "'821 --Friday, in presence of 50, 000 MrsT Hulton named the en- 
gine that drew the first train 'The Lancashire Witch. " These were times 
when the adverse effects of the Industrial Revolution were causing much 
unemployment and suffering among the common people, whose wages 
(even when*employed) were very low and the length of the working day un- 
believably long. The standard of living was accordingly extremely low. 


Hylton Ca stle i n Durham 

Much has been said and written about Hylton Castle on the Weir, about 
five miles below South Shields. It is one of the most famous castles of 
old England. It even appeared in "Believe It or Not!" from which the ac- 
companying illustration is sketched. 

Hilton Castle in Durham 

The Henry Hylton mentioned here has with good reason been variously 
described as "ill," "vain," "melancholy," etc.. I give to him the title "the 
crazy" to distinguish him from many others of the same name- and also 
because he indeed seemed to be "touched". He lived in 1640- -some 568 
years after the famous Henry who built the Castle in 1072. He proved to 
be the wrecker of the Durham Hulton dynasty. This Henry "the crazy" be- 


queathed in 1848 the entire Hilton estate to the city of London and thus destroy-jj 
ed the continuity of the Hilton family in Durham. Despite the remarkable testi- 
monies as to the demonstrated qualities of these ancient families who bore the 
Hilton name through many generations , the strange-acting Henry is a notable 
exception. He deserted the venerable castle and died estranged from his family 
Henry's "foolishness" is of quite a different variety from the harmless Kind 
described below: 

The following account of the Hilton family fool or jester evokes a smile 
after all these centuries even though we know but little of his mirth-maKing 
antics. He lived long after Henry of "Believe It or Not!" fame, but appeared 
to have had some misgivings about the Baron Hilton of his own day: 

"Mr. Hilton was one of the latest gentlemen in England who 
kept a domestic fool. The Baron on one occasion, on his re- 
turn from London, quitted his carriage at the Ferry, and 
amused himself with a homeward saunter through his own 
woods and meadows; at the Hilton foot bridge he encounter- 
ed his faithful fool, who, staring on the gaudy laced suit of 
his patron, made by some false Southern tailor, exclaimed, 
'Who's fule now?" 1 

Hilton Castle should be thought of in its original splendor before "the prun- 
ing knife of time cut it down, " aided of course by the wars and Henry "the 
crazy's" traitorous dealings. Huntchinson describes it "before" and "after" 
in the following quotation: 

"Hilton Castle is graced with many hanging woods and ornamental 
plantations in long extended avenues, and, though possessing few 
beauties of situation, and much shut in from prospect, yet it may 
justly be called a pleasant retirement. Less than a century and 
a half ago, this large and magnificent Castle was as splendid in 
its appointments and in the opulence of its ornamentation, fittings 
and furnishings, as it was ample in its proportions; but it Iooks 
now in its desolation and its rapidly advancing destruction, as if 
it had been overtaken by the breath of Nemesis. 

Surtees adds these interesting notes: 

". . . . several of the turrets of Hilton Castle are still crowned 
with human figures, some in grotesque attitudes, others as com- 
batants, etc. in the usual manner; a custom, which if it were 
not intended for mere ornament, was perhaps practiced to de- 

T Robert Surtees. See Durham 7 Vol 1 p. 87 Utah Genealogical Society 
2 Hutchinson, History of Durham, England 


to deceive an approaching enemy, who could hardly tell, at 
some distance, whether the garrison were alert or not. 

It was not my good fortune to visit Hilton Castle in Durham as 1 did Hulton 
Hall in Lancashire. The date and conditions under which it was originally 
acquired are buried in antiquity. Surtees observes that they were had in the 
family long before Henry was given the spot where he built Hilton Castle in 
1172. The long Hilton of Hilton pedigree shows Sir William Hilton, Knight, 
as being the father of Romanus mentioned below: 

"... Henry, whom the Conqueror gifted with broad lands on 
the Wear, which were then by a much clearer title, possess- 
ion, in the tenure of Romanus the Knight of Hilton, the genuine 
Homo Propositus of the family"^ 

Despite its length and because of its beauty, we succumb to the tempta- 
tion to include the following: If we could believe it, our descent would be clear- 
from a Danish Knight and a Saxon heiress!! 

The Legend of The Hiltons 
(From "The Patrician" ) 

"To complete this slight sketch of one of England's proudest lines, we will 
add the following elegant ballad, which commemorates a singular tradition, 
long preserved in the north, touching its origin. The legend narrates that a 
Danish knight had been changed by enchantment into a raven, and that the 
spell was to remain until a fair maiden should imprint three kisses on the 
bird's brow. A Saxon heiress, left by her father in a lonely castle in Durham, 
sees the raven, calls it to her, and having given the three maiden kisses, 
dissolves the spell, and restores the spellbound knight, who, of course, soon 
weds his fair deliverer, and founds a family, which, in course of time, be- 
came the proud barons of Hilton. The wildness of the tradition is compen- 
sated for by the beauty of the ballad: -- 

"His fetters of ice the broad Baltic is breaking, 

In the deep glens of Denmark sweet summer is waking, 

And, blushing amidst her pavillion of snows, 

Discloses her chalice the bright Lapland rose. 

The winds in the caverns of winter are bound, 

Yet the leaves that the tempest has strewn on the ground 

Are whirling in magical eddies around. 

For deep in the forest, where wild flowers are blushings, -- 

1 Robert Surtees. See Durham 7 Vol Lp. 87 

2 Robert Surtees, op. cit. , p. 88 


Where the stream from its cistern of rock- spar is gushing, 
The magic of Lapland the wild winds is hushing. 
Why slumbers the storm in the caves of the North? 
When, when shall the carriers of Odin go forth? 

Loud, loud laughed the hags, as the dark raven flew; 
They had sprinkled his wings with the mirk midnight dew 
That was brush'd in Brockhula from cypress and yew. 

That raven in its charmed breast, 

Bears a sprite that knows no rest -- 

(When Odin's darts, in darkness hurl'd, 

Scattered lightnings through the world, 

Then beneath the withering spell, 

Harold, son of Erie, fell) -- 

Till lady, unlikely thing, 1 trow, 

Print three kisses on his brow-- 
Harold of ruin, death, and flight, 
Where will the carrier of Odin alight? 

What Syrian maid, in her date covered bower, 

Lists to the lay of a gay troubadour? 

His song is of war, and he scarcely conceals 

The tumult of pride that his dark bosom feels. 

From Antioch beleaguer'd the recreant has stray'd, 

To kneel at the feet of an infidel maid; 

His maid laid aside, in the mistrel's disguise, 

He basks in the beams of his Nourjahad's eyes. 

Yet a brighter flower, in greener bower, 

He left in the dewy west, 
Heir of his name and his Saxon tower; 

And Edith's childish vest 
Was changed for lovelier woman's zone; 
And days, and months, and years have flown, 
Since her parting sire her red lip prest. 
And she is left an orphan child, 
In her gloomy hall by the woodland wild; 
A train of menials only wait 
To guard her towers, to tend her state, 

Unletter'd hinds, and rude. 
Unseen the tear drop dims her eye, 
Her breast unheeded heaves the sigh, 
And youth's fresh roses fade and die, 

In wan unjoyous solitude. 

Edith, in her saddest mood, 

Has climbed the bartizan stair; 


No sound comes from the stream or wood, 
No breath disturbs the air. 

The summer clouds are motionless, 
And she, so sad, so fair, 

Seems like a lily rooted there 

In lost forgotten loneliness. 

A gentle breath comes from the vale, 

And a sound of life is on the gale, -- 

And see, a raven on the wing, 

Circling around in airy ring, 

Hovering about in doubtful flight- - 

Where will the carrier of Odin alight? 

The raven has lit on the flag- staff high, 
That tops the dungeon tower, -- 
But he has caught fair Edith's eye, 

He flutters around her bower; 
For he trusted the soft and maiden grace, 
That shone in that sweet young Saxon face: 
And now he has perched on her willow wand, 
And tries to smooth his raven note, 
And sleeks his glossy raven coat, 

To court the maiden's hand. 

And now, caressing and caressed, 
The raven is lodged in Edith's breast. 
'Tis Innocence and Youth that makes 
In Edith's fancy such mistaKes, -- 
But that maiden kiss has holy power, 
O'er planet and sigillary hour; 
The elvish spell has lost its charms, 
And a Danish knight is in Edith's arms. 
And, Harold at his bride's request, 
His barbarous gods foreswore, 
Frega, and Woden, and Balder and Thor, 
And Jarrow, with tapers blazing bright, 
Hail'd her gallant proselyte. "1 

1 "Neglected Genealogy," T he Patrician, an English Magazine, 1847. 



Seven Velvet_W_alks_ 

Isn't that a pretty place to live? There must have been super green 
British lawns in front as well as gardens in the back. Since working people 
in Bolton did not move from one house to another, except rarely, we assume 
that the family was living there in 1 82 L . It was on the summer day of July 
10 in that year that the third son was born to William Hilton and his wife 
Sarah. We know of the address from the census record and also the Death 
Certificates of Sarah, the mother, who passed away on the last day of the 
year 1854. Hugh's next older brother Ralph reported the death to Thomas 
Relshaw, Registrar of the Western Bolton Sub-District. His mother was 
fifty-nine years of age when she died of heart disease. She is listed in the 
record as wife of William Hilton, a brewer, who was still living at age 
fifty-eight. The 1851 census shows the family still living on Velvet Walks 
but at number 42. 

When Hugh's mother died, however, he was thirty- three years of age 
and living in Utah, U. S. A. His oldest brother John had died 18 December, 
1851 at age thirty-five. Hugh's oldest sister Alice was born 27 September 
1823, his brother William 18 November 1826, and his sister Martha, 27 
June 1829. The last two children, Henry Taylor and little Sarah Ann, had 
died as small children. The Taylor name doubtless came from the maiden 
name of the father William's mother, Martha Taylor. 

Examination of the 1851 Bolton Census shows, however, a son Henry, 
age sixteen. This is likely a new son about whom we had not known. He was 
born about the time of two-year old Henry Taylor's death. Giving a new- 
born baby the same name as a dead child was relatively common in England. 

In 1888 our immediate relatives did the ordinance work in the St. George 
Temple for Henry Hilton's wife, Ann, born 1825 and who died in 1876. 
Temple wortc for Henry was not done because obviously they considered 
him still living at age fifty-three. Absence of Hugh's parents and brother 
William, and sisters Alice and Martha from the temple ordinances is ex- 
plainable by the evident lack of dates of their deaths- -if indeed they had by 
that time passed away- -and the required waiting period of 100 years after 
their dates of birth had not yet elapsed. 

It is also believed that our family records of the family of Hugh's parents 
may have confused the two Henrys and accordingly left the name of the 
second Henry off the record. There is room for him between Henry Taylor, 


born 2 April 1833, and Sarah Ann, born 15 October 1837. The age sixteen 
shown for Henry in the 1851 census fits him exactly in between, since he 
was sixteen in 1851 and would have had to be born in 1835. This detail is 
recorded here to show why 1 have entered another name, that of Henry, on 
the record of the family of our Hugh's parents . As reported in Chapter 7, 
we met a Mrs. Snedden who was a grand -daughter of Henry, when we were 
in England in 1953. 

My father John Hugh, the son of Hugh, told me that he believed that a 
brother of his father Hugh came to New York about the time that Hugh came 
to St. Louis via New Orleans. This brother he thought had joined the Mormons, 
but did not continue his journey to Utah, staying instead in the east where he 
was reputed to have become a wealthy merchant selling men's clothing. If 
this is true, it would have to be Hugh's younger brother William who would 
be about twenty-five at the time. Father said he thought it was Henry, but 
this is very unlikely since Henry would be only about sixteen when Hugh left 
for America. When Uncle Hyrum filled his mission in England, he brought 
back with him a picture on which he had written "Henry Hilton, uncle of 
Hyrum Hilton. " This was a picture of a middleaged man whom Uncle Hyrum 

The "Sherlock Holmes" type of sleuthing we have pursued for years finally 
paid off! We refer to a picture of grandfather Hugh. Until April 1963, we had 
only the very poor tintype of Hugh, Isabella, Charles and little Sarah Ann. 
The probable photograph of Isabella at about age 28 is shown on page 58 and 
that of Sarah Ann at approximately 16 is shown on page 74a. The picture of 
Hugh page 1 and his three- year old son Charles was "discovered" in Smith- 
field, Utah, while we were searching among the old photographs held by our 
cousin Lavida Pilkington Griffiths, the grand-daughter of Isabella's brother 
William. They did not know who it was. Careful comparison of it with what 
is shown of Hugh in the blotched tintype convinced us that it is indeed Hugh 
and Charles. It must have been left with them at the time of Hugh and Isabella's 
visit to her relatives in Smithfield during the summer shortly before Hugh's 
death in 1872. It was likely taken between the time of the death of Hugh's 
first wife and mother of little Charles, and Hugh's marriage ten months later 
to Isabella. The name of a Pittsburg, Pennsylvania photographer is on the 
back of the picture. We think it quite possible that the widower Hugh and his 
little son went to Pittsburg for a last visit with his brother William before 
going on to Utah. This assumes that his brother William came over from 
New York to meet him there. If such was not the case, it could have been 
taken in St. Louis by a traveling photographer from Pittsburg, or one who 
sent his plates to Pittsburg for developing. 

Hugh Stands Alone 

We would be grateful indeed if we could truthfully record that the parents 
and brothers and sisters of our Hugh had joined the Church when he did. We 


have only family tradition to support the idea that Hugh's younger brother 
William also joined. Indeed, so many records of the Bolton Branch of the 
Church are missing that even Hugh's baptism is not shown, although his 
activity in baptizing and confirming are. It is possible, of course, that he 
was baptized in a nearby branch, but no such record has as yet been found. 

Since Hugh was eighteen and a half when he was baptized and twenty-four 
when he married, his "home folks" must have heard much of the message 
of the Restoration of the Gospel. We wonder sadly why they did not, like 
him, receive the good news with joy. Perhaps it was never fully explained 
to them, but since they did not join how grateful we are that our grandfather 
Hugh was sufficiently valiant to be the "one of a family" to receive the truth 
and to bring us via himself to our beloved America and here remain faith- 
ful to the true restored gospel of Jesus Christ which he had embraced. 

As we now try to tell the story of our grandparents, how often 1 have 
wished that those who have gone before or at least some of them, had left 
behind an account of themselves and their times. Let us consider a few 
items as samples of what we wish for. Suppose, for instance, that my 
grandfather Hugh Hilton had left some account of his early life and those 
immediately before him, of thoughts as he decided to join the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of the problems he met in living as a 
faithful Latter-day Saint in England, of his migration to Salt Lake City in 
1852, of going out with Lot Smith's army to delay the United States troops 
coming to threaten the Saints, of going to pioneer at President Young's 
call in Utah's Dixie in 1861, etc. etc. How grateful we would be if only he 
had but given his mother Sarah's maiden name and the names of her parents. 
Was her name Coltshear or Hardman? He did indeed say it was Coltshear, 
but the English church record says Hardman. Who were the parents of 
his grandmother, Martha Taylor? For want of these missing items of in- 
formation, we still do not know which way to go in searching out these 
important lines of our great grandparents. Grandfather Hugh had little 
opportunity to go to school and did not, as Father reports, write too well; 
yet his little book of accounts is easy to read. Doubtless we will eventually 
find most of the answers we yet lack; but still a little personal journal 
written for our englightenment would now be greatly appreciated indeed! 

The family chart shown on page 49 and the summary sheet following 
show in simple outline some of the pertinent facts about the families of 
Hugh's grandfather William, of his own father William, and also of his own 
family as well as those of his children. The Hilton family stem line running 
back twenty- five generations from us who are the grandchildren of Hugh can 
also be visualized by referring to the pedigree shown in Chapter 4, and that 
of Isabella on page 58 a. 



(Those whose names are under- 
lined have died. Those with "X" are 
known to have had families) 

20 generations to 1100 A. D. 
( William Hilton (weaver, Bolton, Lancashire, 

our great great 


Martha Taylor 

England, Born 1765. ) 


-> William Hilton (Born 1796) 
Sarah Coltshear or Sarah Hardman 

x Hugh _ 

Martha " 
Henry Taylor 

Sarah Ann 

»x Hugh Hilton (Born 1821 in Bolton) 
Isabella Pilkington Frost (21 generations to 1100 

A. D. , Pilkington line) 

x Charles Hewett (son of Hugh and first wife, 
Jane Hewett) 

x Sarah Ann 

John Hugh 
Joseph Pilki ngton 
Isabella Jane 


Charles Hewett Hilton 
Annie Johnson 

x Editha Jane 

George Hunt 

Sarah Ann Hilton 
x Lydia Isabella 
x George Hugh 
x Mary Effie 

John Hugh Hilton 

Maria Parker (Normington) 

x Isabel 

x Annie 

x Hugh 

x Eugene 

x Wilford 

x Roy Parker 

x A. lvins 

x Virgil 

x Clement 

x Hazel 

x Lyle 

cont'd on next page 


Cont'd from 

page 49 xx 

Joseph PUklngton Hilton Hyrum Henry Hilto n 
HUen Ma c Richards Sarah Jane LaFevre 

Charles W. x Charles Thomas 

xGenevive Sadie liffie 

x Joseph Clarence x Hyrum 

x Ethel May 
x lanthus Richards 
x Samuel Whitney 
x Ellen May 


Hugh's "strong box", tiny pocket knife, toy telescope with 
the Lord's prayer, chain from army wagon and Isabelle's 

lace mitt. 


: ■ :: ::: 

ft * 

Hilton Grist Mill and Cottin Gin in Virgin 





When my wife and I visited in Bolton in 1953, we did not have the informa- 
tion that our people had lived on Velvet Walks in West Bolton. We accordingly 
cannot report further interesting details on this point- -or even if the street 
and houses, numbers 7 and 42, are still there. 

We also have no information on the address of Hugh after his marriage 
to his first wife, Jane Hewitt on 9 February, 1845. As was the custom of 
the son following the same vocation as his father, Hugh is listed--as was his 
father at the time of his marriage--as brewer. However, when the second 
and third sons, Ralph and Hugh, Jr. , were born, his father is listed as a weaver. He 
is also listed at the time of the death of Hugh's mother in 1854 as a brewer. 
In between, he is listed with the surprising title of schoolmaster. Evidently, 
he was a versatile man. 

Hard Times In Bolton 

No doubt it was very difficult in those times for men to keep regular em- 
ployment. The application of machinery to manufacturing was then causing 
serious trouble for the working class. In 1842 conditions in Bolton had be- 
come so bad that Parliament made "an inquiry regarding the extreme dis- 
tress in Bolton. " How our people on Velvet Walks fared during this time is 
not know by us. With a little imagination, however, we can visualize the 
family at the time of this "extreme distress" in 1842. 

The family at this time was rather large and--as we know families--most 
of the members were then at the nungry age. " In 1842 their ages would be 
as follows: William the father 46, Sarah the mother 47, John 26, Ralph 24, 
Hugh 21, Alice 19, William 16, Martha 13, and Henry 7. It is possible that 
John and Ralph and Alice were married. Hugh did not marry until 24 and 
Martha was still unmarried at age 21, as reported in the census of 1851. The 
next two children had died, one in 1835 and the other in 1838. A new little 
son named Henry was born in 1835. He fits neatly in the gap between Martha 
and Henry Taylor. 

The following quotation is inserted here to point up the terrible conditions 
in the mines. It comes from Farnworth, Lancashire, the old family home 
before the move to Bolton in 1605. 

"In 1842 says Molesworth, the historian, a commission having 
inquired into the question of women working in the mines, it was found that 
children of 7, 6, or even 4 years of age were condemned to work in these 
dark and noisome excavations. In cases where the seam of coal was so 
narrow that it was impossible to stand up, women and children were obliged 
to crawl backwards and forwards like beasts of burden, on all fours, drag- 
ging behind them trucks loaded with coal fastened to their haunches, and all 
this often in water, breathing an atmosphere often strongly charged with 


carbonic acid gas, amidst damp, cold, and all sorts of moral and physical 
abominations. They worked 14 or 16 hours a day and even longer. . . . 

This excessive and unnatural toil produced in the bodies of those 
who were subjected to it the effects which might be expected- -stunted 
growths, crooked spines, crippled gait, heart diseases, ruptures, asthma, 
premature old age, and early death. But if the health of those who labored 
in those dens was rapidly undermined, their morals were still more rapidly 
corrupted. The ferocity of the men was worse than that of wild beasts. The 
children who were employed were often maimed and even killed with im- 
punity. The language used was often shocking and drunkenness almost uni- 
versal. "1 

A very pathetic yet realistic picture of our grandfather's very early lift- 
as a "workman" is told by James Jepson who lived next door to grandfather 
in Virgin, Utah. My sister Annie Hilton Bishop reports several items from 
Brother Jepson' s description of Hugh's early life as follows: 

"Brother Jepson heard grandpa tell this with his own lips about 
his childhood: In the evening his mother spread sandwiches 
and laid them on a shelf with his cap on it; then his shoes were 
put in line; then at five o'clock in the morning he would get up, 
slip into his clothes and shoes, grab his cap and lunch and eat 
it as he hurried to work. If he was late, he was whipped or sent 
home to stay till 8 o'clock and his wages were docked. He work- 
ed from 5 o'clock till 8:00, then had half an hour off for break- 
fast. Then he worked till 12:00 when there was an hour off. He 
worked again till 4:00 when there was a half hour off for tea; 
after which he worked till 8:00. On Saturdays he quit work a 
little earlier. 

"He could read and write, although he went to school only at 
night and to Sunday School. Shortly after this, the children's 
compulsory education law was passed and other children got 
good primary educations, thanks to Queen Victoria. 

"As a big boy, Grandpa bought eggs and sold on the streets, but 
people would always pick out the biggest eggs and he had to dis- 
count the little ones that were left and so lost his profit. Later 
on he worked in a brewery, and when he got asthma, it was 
thought to have been brought on by working over so much steam 
in the brewery. 

"Our Grandfather Hilton was a much larger man in England, 

1 From Film Lancashire 8, Part 15; Film 56- Copied from Farnworth 
Journal October 1889. _ 53 _ 

weighing approximately 200 pounds, than after he came to 
America where his average weight was L50 pounds. He was 
just slightly under average height (510" ), had very dark brown 
eyes, black curley hair and heavy eyebrows. He usually wore 
a full beard. (See photograph, page 1 ). 


Hugh, Jane and Isabella Join the Mormons 

The First of Many 

It was on the fourth of June, 1837 when the Prophet Joseph Smith came 
to Heber C. Kimball, one of the Twelve Apostles, as he sat in the Kirt- 
land Temple and whispered to him: "Brother Heber, the Spirit of the Lord 
has whispered to me: Let my servant Heber go to Lngland and proclaim 
my Gospel, and open the door of salvation to that nation. " Heber C. Kimball, 
Orson Hyde, Willard Richards and four other brethren reached England 
on 20 July, 1837 and began a very successful introduction of the Restored 
Gospel in Great Britain. The affirmative response of the people was 
phenomenal. Six hundred people were baptized before the end of 1837. The 
next year 727 joined the Church and 190 in 1839. In the year 1840 when 
Grandfather Hugh was baptized 2, 326 came in! 

Hugh was the first so far as we have been able to find of those bearing 
the Hilton name to become a Mormon. Two other Mormon Hilton families 
immigrated to Utah. Their heads, David and Allen, were baptized some 
years after Hugh. These families came from Leigh in Lancashire and doubt- 
less fit into the Hilton family pedigree several generations back. Hugh was 
but eighteen and a half years old at the time and although not of "legal age, " 
his parents did not object to his joining this new and strange church from 
America. He was baptized 27 February 1840 by Elder (name not found) 
and confirmed by (record lost)" • He thus obeyed the first ordinances 
of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and placed his feet firmly in the 
"strait and narrow way" that through his faithfulness will lead ultimately 
to his exaltation in the upper third of the three divisions of the Celestial 
Kingdom-- the place where all of us, his descendents who faithfully obey 
the Gospel, hope in due time to join him. By his side will be his faithful 
wives, as our faithful companions will there also be one with us. Hugh thus 
became a member of the Bolton Branch of the Church. This branch was 
one of more than twenty- six which were represented on 8 April 1838 at the 
second conference of the Church in Britain. "Between six and seven hundred 
attended. " 

The first Elders from the United States returned home and others came 
to carry on the work. In April, 1840 a conference was held in Preston. 
At this time seven of the twelve Apostles were in Britain. 1823 members 
attended this second conference. We wonder whether Hugh was there! It 
was the first conference held after his baptism and he may have traveled 
the twenty miles from Bolton to Preston to be present, 


It appears that Hugh's future first wife, Jane Hewett from Bolton, was 
also baptized on 21 February 1840, the same day that Hugh came into the 
Church. No doubt they knew each other then. They were not married, how- 
ever, until 9 February 1845. Together they migrated to the United States, 
reaching St. Louis, Missouri, 26 March 1851. Here Jane died 18 June 1851. 
We shall hear more of her and her family in a later chapter. 

As I consider the date of their baptism and think of our three winters 
in Great Britain, 1951-53, I find myself hoping that it was not as cold in 
1840 as it was when Heber C. Kimball and his companions baptized in 
1837-38. His description follows: 

". . . . The weather was extremely cold, the ice being from 

twelve to fourteen inches thick. The weather continued so 

for about twelve weeks, during which time I think there 

were but ten days in which we were not in the water baptizing. "* 

Occasional mention is made in what records remain of the Bolton Branch 
of the Church of Hugh Hilton officiating in church ordinances. This shows 
that he was faithful and active during the seven years between his marriage 
and their migration to Utah in 1852. Among the entries is one showing 
Hugh Hilton baptizing Alice Pilkington. We wonder if she was perhaps a 
relative of Isabella Pilxington Frost who became the wife of Hugh Hilton 
at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1852. If so, it supports the family tradition 
that Hugh and Isabella knew each other as fellow Mormons in Bolton before 
they immigrated to Zion. 

During these seven years Hugh and his wife Jane became the parents of 
four children. Two died in England, and one, an infant son of nine months, 
while they were on the ship "Ellen" en route to America. He was buried at 

When we consider the desperate conditions which prevailed in England 
at this time, we can well believe the family tradition that they had a diffi- 
cult time saving enough to meet the expense of their move to America. 

Our Grandmother Isabella 

Our own grandmother was Isabella Pilkington Frost. She married Grand- 
father Hugh ten months after the death of his first wife Jane. Isabella was 
baptized into the Bolton Branch in June, 1849, when she was twenty-three. 
Her mother, Ann Pilkington Frost, came into the Church 22 July, 1841, 
at the age of forty- six. We wonder why her daughter Isabella who was then 
sixteen did not join when her mother did. 

1 Richard L. Evans, A Century of Mormonism in Great Britain , p. 60. 


Detailed information is lacking, but from what we can glean, we 
issume that William Frost, Jr. , the father of our Grandmother Isabella 
lied near the time of her death. This was long before the Gospel was 
aken to England, so he had no opportunity to hear of the message of the 
Restoration. Isabella's mother Ann bore two other children. In memory, 
ye believe, of Isabella's father she named her son William. It is under- 
standable also that our great grandmother Ann preferred to be known by 
:he ancient and honored name of Pilkington, rather than that of her second 
lusband with the "impossible" name of Richard Daft. Isabella's half- 
Drother William, who joined the Church and immigrated to Zion in 1871, 
ind lived at Smithfield, Utah, was known- -as are his descendents-- by 
:he name of Pilkington, The temple work for these progenitors has been 
jone and Isabella was sealed to her parents, William Frost, Jr. and Ann 
Pilkington. This is true also of Ann's son William and daughter Jane. 
Descendents of both Isabella and William joined in this sealing ordinance 
in the Salt Lake Temple in 1954. Ann's daughter Jane had no children. 
Annie Hilton Bishop and Eugene Hilton officiated for Ann", William Frost, 
Jr. and Isabella. LaMont Pilkington and Ida Pilkington Cook officiated for 
William and Jane. Thus at long last this family is made officially complete, 
and we sincerely believe they are Happily reunited in the mansions above. 

We have thus far not succeeded in tracing the Frost line beyond William, 
Sr. What little time we have put in to searching the Frost line has pointed 
out the difficulty of determining just where- -if at all- -our Frost line fits 
into the many Frost families whose records are found in the Church genea- 
logical archives. Here again we find ourselves wishing that our William 
Frost, Jr. had left a written record. 

Similarly, how- -if we only had them- -we could profit by the written 
records of my paternal grandmother Isabella Pilkington Frost, her mother 
Ann Pilkington, and of Sir Alexander Pilkington, the first of that ancient 
line. This worthy gentleman settled in Rivington, Lancashire, approxi- 
mately five miles from Hulton Park, England about 1100 A. D. They were 
located there some twelve or fourteen generations when our branch of the 
Pilkington family came to Bolton. Sir Alexander Pilkington lived twenty- 
four generations before me. 

Since our grandfather Hugh Hilton married Isabella Pilkington Frost and 
she became the mother of my Aunt Sarah Ann, my father John Hugh, and 
my Uncles Joseph and Hyrum, we must be concerned with her genealogical 
lines. We must also study the family chart on page 49, especially the en- 
tries immediately before and after our Hugh and Isabella, in order to keep 
from becoming confused in all this complexity. 

As we, of necessity- -and I hope gratefully- -consider the genealogical 


Basic Information Summary Table 

Joined LDS 

Married who? 

Came to 


Moved from 

Died age? 


When? Where? 

When? Where? 


Utah How 

Salt Lake? 



and when? 


Hugh Hilton 

Bolton, Lane. 

1 . Jane Hewett 

Mar. 1851 

Ox Team 


To Lehi Springs 

19 Sept. 


England. 21 

1845 In 

St. Louis 

Nov. 1852 


1873; age 

Hilton to 

Feb. 1840 


2. Isabella 

April rB52 



To Virgin 
City "Dixie" 
Nov. 1861 

52. Virgin 

join Church 
when 18 1/2 
High Priest 

Jane Hewett 

Bolton , Lane. 

Hugh Hilton, 

Mar. 1851 

18 June, 

Son Charles 

England. 21 

9 Feb. 1845, 

St. Louis 

1851, oge 

only survivor 

Feb. 1840 

Bolton, Lane. 


25. St. 
Louis, Mo. 

of children; 
came to Utah 


Bolton, Lane. 

Hugh Hilton 

June 18, 

Ox Team 


To Lehi 1858. 

June 4 

Her mother 


England. 27 

In St. Louis 

1851 to 

Nov. 1852 


To Virgin 

1875 at 

Ann Pllklng- 


June, 1849 

April 1852 

St. Louis 

City in 
Nov. 1861 

City, age 

ton joined 
LDS 22 
July 1841, 
oge 46. 


Bolton, Lane. 

Sealed to 


of Isabella, William, and Jane — died 

lin England 


England. 22 

Wm. Frost, Jr. 


July, 1841 

Salt Lake 
Temple, 1954 


Burnley, Lane. 

1. Thomas 

July 8, 


With husband 

19 Mar. 

Mother of 


England. Nov. 


1856, Iowa 

Hand Cart 

John Parker, 

1881, age 

the mother 



29 Sept. 

City, Iowa 

Co. 30 

Jr. Dec. 1862 

62. Virgin 

of John Hugh 


2. John Parker 

Nov. 1856 

to Virgin City 


Hilton family 
of II. Sealad 
to Thomas 

John Parker 


1. Alice Eidaker 


28 Aug. 1852 

Dec. 1862 to 

24 Mar. 

Father ot 


Lane. Mar. 

2. Ellen Douglas 


22 ox teams 

Virgin City 

1886, age 

my mother 


3. Maria Jackson 


1 horse team 

74, Virgin 
Citv. Utah 

First Bishop 
of Virgin 



Maria Jackson 

July 8, 


Nov. 1856 

His wife 



29 Sept. 1839 

1856 Iowa 


Martin Hand 

Maria Jack- 


Altham, Lane. 

City, Iowa 

Hand Cart 

Cart Co. in 

son and 

30 Nov. 



Co., Wyo. 
Nov. 1856 

Wyoming, age 33 

sealed to him. 

Suggestions to Hilton kinfolk: In rhe following space fill in tine record of your own maternal line. 

57 a 

lines of our mothers and grandfathers, we need also to keep things as 
straight as possible. Here we also find ourselves greatly in need of written 
records. At this point, each separate Hilton family must consider its own 
"mothers' lines" of descent. Thus each family of my Hilton relative:: -- 
other than the descendents of my father John H. Hilton- -will of course give 
consideration to the records of their own maternal lines. While most of 
those who will read this account jointly and proudly share the Hilton name, 
each family has different maternal (mothers) ancestors- -each with a wonder- 
ful story in its own right and each equally as important in the final analysis 
as is the paternal or father's line. Other than Uncle "Charley" all of us 
descend from Hugh Hilton and Isabella Pilkington Frost. Now as you finish 
this chapter and"prepare " for that which is yet to come, "we recommend 
for clarification a restudy of the family chart on page 49 . 

Probable photograph of Isabella Pilkington Prost Hilton at 

about 28 


Male Progenator 

Pedigree of Pilkington Family of Lancashire 
Birth Maiden Name of wife Children Historical Notes 

? Leonard Pilkington 
? Leonard Pilkington 
(Sir) Alexander de Pilkington Abt 1110 

(Sir) Alexander de Pilkington Alive 1185- 


3 or more 

Ursula de Workedlegh3 or more One of 17 "trusty 

Knights" 1212 

"Roger de Piliangton 

Alive 1221 

1 or more 

Lord of Pilkington 
Manor 1242 

"Alexander de Pilkington 

Abt 1225 

Alice de Chetham? 

4 or more 

Lord of Pilkington 
Manor after 1270 

Richard de Pilkington 

Abt 1262 

Ellen de Anderton 

2 or more 

Lord of Pilkington 

Robert de Pilkington 
Richard de Pilkington 
Robert de Pilkington 
Alexander de Pilkington 

(Si r) Ralph de Pilkington 
Robert Pilkington 

Richard Pilkington 

Rev. Leonard Pilkington, D. D. Abt 1524 

Joseph Pilkington 

James Pilkington 

Richard Pilkington 
James Pilkington 
Richard Pilkington 
John Pilkington 
James Pilkington 
John Pilkington 
Ann Pilkington (Frost) 
Isabella Pilkington (Frost) 
John Hugh Hilton 
Eugene Hilton 

Abt 1297 


5 or more 

Speaks of "my manor" 

Abt 1318 

Joan de Heton 

2 or more 

Not Lord of Manor 

Abt 1339 

Katherine Ainsworth 

7 or more 

Held many lands 

Abt 1384 

Katherine del Croke 

8 or more 

Lord of Manor lived 
to be 90 years old 

Abt 1404 

Margaret Ambrose 

2 or more 

Became Ld. of Manor 

Abt 1451 

Janet Tyldesey 


Ld. of Manor until 
death 1508 

Abt 1488 

Alice Asshawe 


Ld. of Manor, Father 
of Jas. Pilkington, Bishop 
of Durham 

Abt 1524 



Bro. of Jas. of Dur- 
ham-held much property 

Abt 1552 

Ann Trotter 


Was 2nd son"Gentle- 


Elizabeth Stones? 

1 or more 

Decent through George? 
" Leonard? 


Mary Hardman 

1 or more 



1 or more 


Ann Wheat 

1 or more 



1 or more 


Catherine Hutchinson 

1 or more 


Martha Lomax 

1 or more 


William Frost, Jr. 

3 traced through Maternal Line 


Hugh Hilton 



Maria Parker 



Ruth Naomi Savage 


Life In Utah 

"Gathered to Zion" 

No doubt a strong hint of winter was in the air that November day in 
1852 when the heavy oxen-powered covered wagon bearing the powerfully 
built black- bearded man, his beautiful, rather slim wife with large blue 
eyes and auburn tinted brown hair and the wiry five.- year old lad emerged 
from the Wasatch Mountains and rolled into Salt Lake City. The Saints had 
been there five years and the outline of the wide-streeted city was visible 
from the foothills. Their hearts rejoiced! They had at last reached Zion! 
It is likely that their strong soprano and fine bass voices harmonized as 
they sang some of their favorite songs of Zion as they rolled down to the 
flat lands and to the center where some of the Brethren were waiting to 
welcome them to the new Zion "in the tops of the mountains. " 

Thus Hugh Hilton, his wife Isabella Pilkington Frost and son Charles 
from Bolton, England had finally reached their destination and "gathered 
with the Saints. " We wonder whether they at first lived in the Fort on the 
block now called Pioneer Park. Most of the Saints had by that time moved 
out to build their own homes. Whether they were located on the 200 square 
rods purchased from the City in the Ninth Ward at Block 22, Lot 7, before 
the date "23 December, 1855" shown in the present county records is not 
clear. On this lot facing east- -approximately at 538 South Fourth East, 
Salt Lake City- -they built their two room, one- story adobe house and 
raised a garden. They apparently raised a surplus for, as the microfilm 
record of the Ninth Ward shows, they were able to donate "produce" to 
the newly arrived Saints. Included in these donations were "two bearskin 
rugs;" one "small one" was donated by little Charley. The record also 
shows that Hugh paid land and ditch assessments by hauling lumber. This 
couple were the earliest we know of Hiltons to accept the restored Gospel. 
Hugh, with twenty-three consecutive generations back of him to Blethlyn 
de Hulton born about 1100 A. D. , his pedigree and coat of arms have al- 
ready been discussed and shown, as well as Isabella, whose maternal 
line, extends back to approximately the same date. 

We have not yet established Grandmother Isabella's father's line be- 
yond William Frost, Sr. , her grandfather. A great amount of work has 
been done on the Frost lines- -there are several apparently distinct fami- 
lies- -and it will require considerable searching to find the one into which 
we fit. Through her mother, Ann Pilkington, Isabella's line runs back 
twenty-five generations from me. This noble family lived at Pilkington 
near Hulton Park in Lancashire. Their coat of arms showed in its crest 


a mower- -a man with a scythe—shown half dark and half light. The motto 
below is: "Now thus, now thus. " This comes from the fact that an ancient 
warrior progenitor escaped from the enemy after the defeat at the battle 
of Bannockburn (1314) and disguised himself as a mower. (See page 31) 

Isabel herself is described as of medium height and weight, although 
the only picture we have shows her rather slender. She had large blue 
eyes and light brown hair. She enjoyed good health except for periodic 
sick headaches which were very severe. She was a good singer with a 
strong soprano voice. She sang with the ward choir and took part with her 
husband in dramatic productions. She was always faithful and active in 
church work-- specializing in Relief Society work. 

Here in Salt Lake City our Hugh and Isabella --custodians of our many 
ancestral lines- -made the first of three homes in which they lived in Utah. 
From them most of those who read this account have descended. As ex- 
plained above, little Charles was the son of Hugh and his wife Jane Hewett 
who died in St. Louis three months after reaching America. Ten months 
later, in April 1852, Grandfather Hugh married Isabella and together they 
"gathered to Zion" reaching what was then officially called Great Salt 
Lake City in November of 1852. 

Hugh Hilton, Jr. the first-born child of Hugh and Isabella was born 10 
July, 1853. This happy event occurred eight months after they reached 
Salt Lake City. Little Hugh was born on his father's thirty- second birth- 
day. Their joy, however, was soon turned to sorrow for their little son 
died in infancy. 

Their first daughter- -and the only one to live- -was evidently named 
after her two grandmothers. Sarah Ann, was born 19 July, 1855, and they 
were all no doubt happy in their humble home, enjoying meeting with the 
Saints and participating in the program of the Church. On November 13, 

1855 when their baby daughter was four months old, the parents were seal- 
ed in the newly opened Endowment House for time and eternity. 

While they were living in their first Utah home, the frightening news 
came of the near approach of a threatening United States army, The re- 
port was that they intended to drive the Mormons once again from their 
newly established homes. Among the able-bodied men who went into the 
mountains to hinder the army's entrance into Salt Lake City was Hugh 
Hilton. He was away serving with Lot Smith's company when their first- 
born son, who Uvea, arrived. He was born 17 November, 1857. This boy 
grew up to be the father of the eleven children (including myself) which 
constitutes the largest family of the first generation of Utah Hiltons. ^ 
gave him the name of John Hugh. 


Faces South! 

Before Johnston's Army was finally permitted to march through Salt 
Lake City to their agreed location in Cedar Valley west of Utah Lake, the 
Saints left their homes in Salt Lake City. With many others the Hiltons 
moved in the spring of 1858 to Lehi near the shores of Utah Lake. They 
never returned to their beloved Salt Lake home. Later they sold it to 
Andrew M. Mortimer for $700. 00. After living in Lehi for four years, 
they went with some others of the faithful to southern Utah in answer to 
the 1861 October Conference call of President Young. Many names were 
read out in Conference and called to pioneer the semi-tropical low lands 
fringed along the canyons of the treachererous but wildly beautiful Virgin 
River. Here in the low and warm southlands of "Deseret"- -which with 
statehood became Utah- -the nickname "Dixie" was acquired. 

While in Lehi they lived at 80 North First East. They were active in 
the church and community life of the sprawling camp- like "city" of Lehi. 
For a living Hugh made beer and sold it to the soldiers at Camp Floyd 
some ten miles away in Cedar Valley. This apparently was non-alcoholic 
root or hop beer. Later when in Dixie, he served it to President Young 
and his party when they visited Virgin City. For this they were very 
cordially thanked. Had this beer been alcoholic, the Church Authorities 
would doubtless have requested that he stop making it, as indeed they 
did a fellow Latter -day Saint, Hugh Moon. This Brother Moon and his 
family were called to Dixie as was Grandfather Hugh in 1861. 1 

The most important happening in Lehi for the Hiltons was the arrival 
on March 17, 1860 of their second son whom they named Joseph Pilkington. 
This brought the family, with the parents, to a total of six. 

On to Dixie 

Thus, when the Hilton family joined the slow- moving caravan of Saints 
rolling south to the low lying hot lands of Utah's Dixie, there was in their 
group fifteen-year old Charles, seven-year old Sarah Ann, five-year old 
John Hugh and two-year old baby Joseph. 

They took with them at least the two large army covered wagons, a 
large tent and other supplies purchased from the Army when it broke up 
to return east to join in the American Civil War. It is interesting to note 
in passing that Albert Sidney Johnston, head of this army, deserted the 
Union cause and became a general in the Confederate army. He was kill- 
ed in the battle of Shiloh. Some soldiers like Charles Wilken, later to be 
our neighbor, joined the Mormons and remained in Utah. 

1 Improvement Era , March 1963, note 9, p. 209. 
2. Early Lehi Church Records of Blessings 


To me it is also interesting to remember one of these great wagon 
boxes that my father used for a corn crib and also the welded linked 
chains which we used for many years in hauling wood and hay. An eight- 
inch piece of this chain has been polished and is now used by me as a 
paper weight on my desk. It and other relics are shown in the picture on 
page 51. 

The trip to Dixie was a difficult one. Uncle "Charlie" although but 
fifteen drove the teams of oxen on one of the big wagons. He also return- 
ed for their cattle in 1863. He did the work of a man, although still but 
a boy. Their cattle were later put into the Kolob Cooperating herd. This 
excellent summer range is on the highlands above Zion Canyon. My father 
John Hugh later became Superintendent of this herd. 

At last after successfully negotiating the almost impossible "roads" 
down from the "Black Ridge" and up the steep "twist," climbing out of 
Toquerville, etc., they finally reached their location at the tiny camp 
on the river's bank. It was called "Virgin City" after the river, which 
in turn had, we understand, been named for a man named Virgen. Every- 
body knew it was no "city". The name, it was explained, was used to 
designate the settlement from the river. 

The book Under Dixie Sun published by the "Daughters of the Utah 
Pioneers" (pages 268-271) has the following entries: 

"In the late fall of 1862 a number of families arrived who 
had been 'called' at the 1861 October Gbnference in Salt 
Lake City to the "Dixie" Mission to raise cotton. They were 
John Parker. . . and seventeen other families. " (This John 
Parker who was the father of my mother became the first 
bishop of Virgin Ward. ) Hugh Hilton moved to Virgin "before 

"Hugh Hilton and his second wife, Isabella Pilkington Frost 
Hilton, came from Lancashire England to Virgin about 1861. * 
He was a farmer, brewer and cattleman. He was very in- 
dustrious and soon became, 'well to do' for the time. Both 
were good in dramatics, singing and entertaining. . . " 

The Hard Life of the Dixie Pioneers 

Despite the arduous labors in their new location in Dixie, our Grand- 
father Hugh "fitted out" and sent one of the long army wagons on two 

The old Lehi Ward records give the date November, 1861 when "Hugh 
Hilton and family moved to the cotton country. " 


different trips to the Missouri River to aid emigrating Saints to come 
across the plains to Utah. It is likely also that the large iron-bound stones 
which he used in the water-driven flour (grist) mill which he built in 
Virgin were brought down from Salt Lake on one of these trips. As cotton 
became a successful crop, Grandfather Hilton built a cotton gin as a 
lean-to adjoining the flour mill. Here they extracted the seeds and bound 
the cotton into bales ready to take to Salt Lake to replace the cotton form- 
erly obtained before the Civil War from the southern states. 

By using our imaginations, especially those of us who have had some 
similar experiences in such matters, we can appreciate somewhat the 
great amount of planning, labor and cost which were required for the 
successful and happy life they lived in Dixie. For Hugh these Dixie years 
totaled only twelve and for Isabella, but fourteen. 

Besides the "grist" mill business and cattle raising endeavors, they 
developed an irrigated farm and raised cotton, sorghum cane, wheat, 
fruit, garden produce, etc. While in Dixie, their last two children were 
born. Their third son Hyrum Henry arrived on February 24, 1863 and 
Isabella Jane in 1866. It is saddening to note that little Isabella died in 1867. 

"Brother and Sister Hilton, " as they were called in the closely knit 
little Mormon settlement of Virgin City, were highly regarded by their 
fellow townsmen. All the residents of Virgin City were Mormons. Here 
they joined with the others in many joint community endeavors, including 
building-and rebuilding as the frequent floods washed them away- -the dams 
and water ditches so necessary for their survival. It was soon very evident 
that no crops could be raised without irrigation and that a reliable supply 
of irrigation water was impossible to obtain. 

Besides irrigation projects, roads and bridges had to be built-- and 
rebuilt. Likewise, there must be erected meeting houses for church 
services and entertainments, schools for teaching the "three R's to the 
rising generation, stores, blacksmith shops, corrals, barns, etc. Once 
the list is started there seems to us- -and surely ten times more to them-- 
no end to the tasKs: making flour and corn meal, spinning yarn, knitting 
wool stockings, --long ones to come up above the knees --half- soling shoes, 
making rugs and furniture- -including sturdy chairs with laced raw hide 
(wet cow hide with the hair left on) for bottom and back- -straw hats, dried 
fruit, molasses, peach preserves when the peaches were cooked in with 
molasses, bed ticks to be filled with straw or corn shucks, many kinds 
of meat- -fresh, smoked, jerked, corned- -head cheese, sausage, pickled 
pigsfeet, dried and bottled fruit, and so on. 

There was also the required dealing with the peaceable Indians when 
they came to beg for flour, sugar, melons, etc. or to trade venison, 


woven willow baskets, pine nuts, etc. The garden and orchard demand- 
ed much: clearing and leveling the land, plowing, harrowing, planting, 
irrigating, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, trading, etc. We must not 
forget the chickens, the pigs, the cows, the horses and "dry stock. " This 
must include daily feed and water. Did we already mention the culinary 
water to be hauled by barrel on the sled from the river, some of which 
was one quarter mud! Fence posts, logs and firewood had to be found in 
the mountains and brought in. Wood had to be chopped and carried in-- 
for whether the weather was hot or cold, cooking must be done on the 
kitchen stove- -if you had one- -or in the fireplace- -and this required 
wood and chips also to start the fire- -and so likewise for the many tasks 
even yet unmentioned. Those of us who were children then remember how 
we were trained to have a part in many of these endeavors. 

Many of these tasks required frequent redoing. As a boy aged eleven 
when we left Dixie, 1 remember "helping out" in many of these same 
activities. While my grandparents- -all of them- -died before I was born, 
1 recall with pride how their children--my parents- -wrestled success- 
fully with these and other similar pioneer labors. As a child of eight, I 
even lost the sight of my left eye while we were chopping "fat pine" wood 
for the fire. While I have since then managed with the sight of but one 
eye, I often reflect on "the good old days" and marvel at my present soft- 
ness- -and that of my readers perhaps- -as we live far different lives in 
the midst of "modern conveniences. " 

No doubt the covered wagons and army tent served as "home" until 
the Hilton family built their twin log cabins with the covered porch or 
patio between. These had flat rocks laid in the dirt as a floor. Over the 
porch they finally grew Isabella grapes. Part of the time they were forced 
to live in the fort because of Indian troubles, for the uncivilized red men 
were greatly disturbed by the "invasion" of the white man. Despite the 
efforts of the Mormons to "feed rather than fight" the natives, they often 
stole horses and cattle, etc. from the whites and occasionally waylaid 
and killed them. 

The versatility and efficient diligence of Grandmother Isabella can be 
visualized when it is remembered that besides being very active in 
Church work, especially Relief Society, she sang in the ward choir, took 
leading parts in dramatics and entertainments. Besides these, she card - 
ed wool, spun yarn, wove cloth on their home-made looms. This cloth 
she later made into clothes for the entire family. Also since the daily 
routine of the house still left some time and energy, she made soap, tal- 
low candles, wove carpets and rugs. Flowers both within the house and 
in the "door yard" lifted their spirits with color and perfume. 

When President Brigham Young and his large party visited Virgin City 


in 1863, who was it that provided the refreshment? Brother and Sister Hilton 
of course. The record says: 

"In passing through Virgin City, the company called a halt at a 
large tent, where Mr. Hugh Hilton and lady regaled the entire 
party with a variety of excellent cakes and beer, for which they 
have our thanks. " 

A Saving Sense of Humor 

It might be assumed that the drab and demanding land in which they were 
valiant pioneers would leave no time or energy for entertainment and fun. Hugh 
and Isabella did not allow this to be the case. Hugh was described as being 
"great for laughing. " We have noted this from various sources. Lspecially are 
we indebted to Brother James Jepson who lived to be a very old man and who 
Knew them well as next-door neighbors. Brother Jepson declared that "Hugh 
was a natural born comic. People would laugh not so much at what he said as 
the way he said it. " Hugh and Isabella were also described as being "good 
dancers and singers and great for sociability. " Grandfather often allowed poor 
people to have flower from the mill and occasionally beef without pay. Someone 
complained that one piece of beef was too bony. Grandfather replied, "Next 
time I'll raise a boneless beef. " 

A few additional samples of Hugh's "saving sense of humor" follow: 

Hugh Hilton's inclination to entertain and in this case to also test the 
people's knowledge of the scriptures is illustrated by his nine word "toast" 
at a public gathering. It is necessary first to be informed as follows: 

"Moses Clawson started a flour mill in 1866. The framework of 
the building was up when because of Indian trouble everyone had 
to move into the fort, and when the fort was abandoned, Clawson 
moved to Toquerville. Solomon Angell completed the building about 
1868. It was a "burr" mill, and Jefferson Wright was the first mill- 
er. Hugh Hilton and Alexander Wright owned the mill. It served all 
the settlements from New Harmony to Kanab. "1 

Hugh Hilton's toast was: "Moses tried and couldn't, but Solomon built the 
temple. " 

He used the fact that his wife's name was Isabella and that the grapes they 
grew over the arbor from some of which they made wine and stored it in the 

1. Under Dixie Sun, p. 277 


cellar were called Isabella grapes to back up his mock boasting, "1 have Isabella 
in the house, Isabella on the lot, and Isabella in the cellar." 

We are indebted to my sister Annie Hilton Bishop for recording the following 
from Brother Jepson: 

Hugh Hilton was at one time trying to cross the Virgin River. 
In some way, he got into a deep hole and since he could not 
swim, he took the shovel he was carrying and pushed it to the 
bottom and jumped up, so as to get his head above water long 
enough to get air. As he sank again, he repeated the perform- 
ance until he reached shore safely. 

Jacob Workman lived just above Hugh Hilton in Virgin City. 
Both used the same water ditch. Brother Workman had just 
planted some fruit trees and was very anxious to water them, 
but it was Hugh's turn to use the water. When the water did 
not come, he went up the ditch to see what was the matter. 
Brother Workman was using it. Grandfather also needed it, so 
Brother Workman turned it down to him and then asKed if he 
could dip up some water from the ditch and carry it to the trees 
in buckets. Grandfather consented and returned to his watering. 
A little later when the water again disappeared, he went back 
up the ditch and found that Brother Workman had got his wives 
(at least two) and all his children out with buckets and pans, and 
together they were dipping up all the water in the ditch. Grand- 
father looked on a moment, burst into a laugh, and went over 
and sat down under an apple tree. "Well," he said, "1 did say 
you could dip it up with buckets, so 1 guess I can't complain. " 

Another time, Brother Dalton, whom Brother Jepson described 
as a "big, course, grizzly, bearliKe" person, had taken the 
water which Grandfather thought really belonged to him. Grand - 
father, who at this time suffered from asthma, was weak and 
thin, but quite large of frame. He came slowly along the aitch 
bank, wheezing as he walked. In the conversation which follow- 
ed, Brother Dalton insisted on keeping the water, saying angrily, 
"I'll fight ye for it. " Grandfather said, "Well, since 1 can't run 
I'll have to fight" and began to laugh. The ridiculousness of the 
situation was evident and some more peaceful solution of the 
matter was effected. 

On one occasion he brought to one of their "gatherings" two little pebbles 
in his hand. As the crowd gathered around, he showed them the pebbles and 
asked if they could see anything in them. They studied a while and answered 
"No." "Well," he he said, "neither can I." Dear old Grandfather Hugh 


apparently recognized the generally serious tone to their isolated community 
life and decided that a saving "sense of humor" was needed to give an occasion- 
al lift to their spirits. 

A final illustration will serve to further illustrate this: At one time Hugh 
and his son Charles were acting in the same play. There was a part for "Blue- 
Beard" the father and another comic one for a son. Charles concluded that 
the comic part of the son was too much for him. They resolved the matter by 
making up Charles to play the father and his father Hugh to play the comical 
role as the son. The performance was a great success. 

Great Lives Cut Short 

Aside from one summer spent in Smithfield to visit their relatives in North- 
ern Utah and one to Pine Valley just a short distance from Virgin, they re- 
mained in Virgin where they died: Hugh, at fifty-two on September 19, 1873 
and Isabella at fifty, on June 4, 1875. 

The trip to Smithfield was begun with two yoke of oxen. At Corn Creek (near 
Kanosh, Millard County) one of the oxen got poisoned. He recovered partly and 
was traded with the other three in Holden for a span of little mules. The family, 
six in all, went on their way rejoicing, Alexander Wright, a good friend and 
part owner with Hugh of the grist mill, and his family traveled with them. 

On the way back from Smithfield the mules got lost or were stolen at 
Joseph Wright's ranch in Cottonwood where they stayed overnight. They were 
lost for one month and were later found west of Jordan River after a reward 
had been offered. During this month Hugh Hilton worked in a brewery for John 
Eddings who sold beer oh State Street part way into Salt Lake City. This man, 
Eddings, was an old friend and invited them to come and stay as long as they 

The film record of the Virgin Ward tells of Hugh's activities as a High 
Priest. Among these items is the record of his blessing Edith Jane, the first 
and only child of his son Charles. He died before any others of his grand- 
children were born. Uncle Charley at age twenty-one had married Anne John- 
son in 1868. He died at age twenty-eight in Kanab in 1875, approximately two 
years after his father's death and two weeks before his beloved stepmother 
Isabel. His only descendent Edith Jane lived on. 

As this is written April 1963, cousin "Edie" aged ninety-two lives near 
Oakland, California. Recently my sister Hazel Hilton Allen, my wife, and 1 
visited her and were happy to find her alert and keen in intellect, taking care 
of herself alone in her own apartment near her grandchildren. Her husband, 
Franklin Cheney, died many years ago. She alone of all who knew Hugh Hilton 
lives and still dimly remembers him, although he died when she was about 


^ L * I . > \ S IV.I * 

When the end came for Hugh Hilton, he was buried in the little hillside 
cemetery above Virgin City 19 September, 1873 at the age of fifty-two. In 
his later life he had asthma. His death has been attributed to that affliction 
and also pheumonia and what seems to have been appendicitis. At the time 
of his death, his son Charles had been married about five years, Sarah Ann 
was eighteen, John Hugh sixteen, Joseph thirteen, and Hyrum ten. For two 
years longer his valiant widow Grandmother Hilton met life with fortitude 
and devotion to her church and family. On June 4, 1875, she died suddenly 
of what seems to have been appendicitis. 

At the time of Grandmother's death on June 4, 1875 her only daughter 
Sarah Ann, aged nineteen , had been married about six months. Her orphan 
sons were left alone- -John Hugh aged seventeen and a half, Joseph, fifteen 
and a quarter, and Hyrum, twelve and a third. Not many years ago the de- 
cendents of Hugh and Isabella, organized as the Hugh Hilton Genealogical 
Society, gratefully erected a stone to their memories at the little "grave- 
yard" above Virgin. 

Graves of Hugh and Isabella 

The orphaned Hilton brothers 
and some of their friends - 

John (front row 3rd from left) 
Hyrum (back row left) Joseph 
(back row middle) 


CI tries Hewt 

Editha Hilton Cheney daughter of Charles 

68 a- 


Charles, son of Hugh and Jane 

Uncle Charley was the only survivor of the four children of Hugh Hilton 
and Jane Hewett and he lived but twenty- eight years. Our knowledge of his 
activities and character comes first hand from those who knew him inti- 
mately and from family and church records. He stands out as one of the 
"finest of the fine. " All members of the Hilton clan who knew him or who 
share what facts we know of him hold his memory in high esteem. We all 
wish his life could have been extended three times its actual length or even 
to ninety-two, the present age of Cousin "Edie" his only child. He was a man 
of great ability and promise. 

The loss of the other Hilton children merely reflects conditions common 
in England at that time when more little ones died than lived. William, the 
little ninth months old brother of Charles, died as we previously mentioned 
on the "Ellen" enroute to America and the mother of Charles, three months 
after reaching St. Louis. Despite the sad expression in his picture at age 
•three, Charles bears evidence of having received very good care by his 
father Hugh during the ten months before he remarried when Isabella gave 
her loving care to him as to her own children. This picture must have been 
taken shortly after the death of Jane Hewett Hilton, the mother of Charles. 

We know but little of Jane Hewett except that she joined the Mormons at 
the time that her future husband Hugh Hilton did. They were both baptized 
during the cold time of the year on 21 February, 1840. They were married 
almost exactly five years later. It is reported that they both worked and 
saved to get sufficient funds to come to Zion, which they did approximately 
eleven years after their baptism and about five years after their marriage. 
Our efforts to have her temple work done were halted when we were informed 
that she was not actually our relative. We understood, however, that it has 
been done by some of our relatives who are the descendents of her son 

Much of what we know of the early life of "Uncle Charley, " as he is 
affectionately called, has already been sketched, since he shared in the 
activities of the Hugh Hilton family. He came with his parents as part of 
the L. D. S. passengers on the long and difficult journey of the "Ellen" from 
Liverpool to New Orleans. Here they disembarked and took passage to St. 
Louis on the paddle wheel river boat. From St. Louis he went as we now 


believe with his sorrowing father to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania where the picture 
shown with his father on page 1 was taken. If this trip was actually made, 
they visited for the last time his father's younger brother William who came 
from England to New York. There is the possibility that the picture which 
bears the Pittsburg, Pennsylvania stamp was taken in St. Louis by a traveling 
photographer from Pittsburg. 

Charles was five years old when they reached Salt Lake Valley. He was 
baptized in Salt Lake City 6 November L855 when eight years of age and went 
at age eleven with his parents when they deserted their little adobe home at 
what is now 538 South Fourth East in the Ninth Ward of Salt Lake and went as 
directed to Lehi in 1858. He gave early evidence of his character and his con- 
cern for other people by giving his "little bear skin rug,'' when his father 
gave the big one, to help the newly arrived Saints. 

A Man at Fifteen! 

By the time the lliltons in L861 moved in obedience to the call of "the 
brethren" to pioneer in Dixie, Charley was fifteen, and from that time on he 
took his place as "a man among men. " He drove the oxen on one of the heavy 
army wagons, getting it safely down the steep and rocky Black Ridge grade 
and up the tortuous and almost impossible "twist" between Toquerville and 
Virgin City. He returned the next year to drive the cattle down. 

During the eight years from 1861 when they reached their location of their 
new home at Virgin City until his marriage 9 May, 1869, Charley was a great 
help to his parents in doing the many tasks demanding attention in the new and 
difficult land. 

Charles Hewett Hilton was devotud to his religion and was an active 
participant rather than a mere spectator. He was among other things secre- 
tary of the Aaronic Priesthood group, was very strict in the payment of his 
tithing and offerings and faithfully obeyea the Word of Wisdom. He haa a good 
bass voice and sang in the ward choir. The people at that time had to furnish 
their own entertainment. Charley took part in the dramatic productions. We 
have already recounted how he exchanged parts with his thespian father. He is 
described by Brother Alex Adams as a "comic entertainer. " "He was the life 
of any group. He would sing, dance, step-dance and 'call' for dances. He 
often changed the standard calls for comic ones to make the crowd laugh. " 

Brother Adams remembered the following samples when he reported to my 
sister Annie Hilton Bishop his memories of "Uncle Charley" who lived at the 
Adams home in Kanab for some time: 

"Swing 'em on the corner if you ain't too late, 


Then with your partner pull your freight. " 
Another included: 

"Gents, you dance a solo fust-- 
Then you ladies kick up a dust. " 

Charley bought a violin and learned to play some on it and several other 
musical instruments. 

"He was of medium size, very straight and athletic. He was 
a foot racer, boxer and wrestler. He could stand flatfootea 
and jump up and turn a complete somersault and light on his 
feet again. " 

He is further described as 

"the highest type of horseman and cowboy. He was a bronco- 
rider and no horse was so wild that he could not ride it. He 
was never known to be thrown off, although he did stunts while 
riding wild horses. . . . the worst 'swear word' he was heard to 
say was 'the old rascals. '" 

He was very successful in "breaking in" oxen to work. When he was twenty- 
one he took four (two yoke) of oxen, went to Salt LaKe City and worked for a 
time helping build the railroad, as it was nearing completion. Before return- 
ing to Dixie he traded his oxen for a good team of mules. The notation in my 
father's writing on the picture is that Charley was twenty-one at the time he 
had his picture taken in Salt Lake. It is shown on page 70 complete and full 
length with his blue tie, blacK hat and gauntlet gloves. This indeed justifies 
the word "handsome" in describing him. 

A Life of Service and Danger 

Besides farming, railroading, breaking in oxen, etc. much of Charley's 
life in Dixie was taken up in looking after cattle. The open range was the 
only place the early Dixie settlers could keep their livestock. Not only did 
this involve the regular "duties" of a successful cow man, but in Dixie an 
almost constant watch had to be maintained to prevent the Indians from steal- 
ing both cattle and horses. Some of these experiences are described by my 
sister Annie as follows: 

"In 1866 on account of Indian trouble, all of Southern Utah 
was put under martial law. Apostle Erastus Snow was com- 
manding officer both in the military and religious affairs. 
It was necessary to send posses out after the Indians who 


had murdered two men near Pipe Springs, stolen and 
driven off cattle, and in many ways molested the settlers, 
and Uncle Charley went on these expeditions. 

At one time ten or twelve Navajos came and stole about 
sixty head of cattle and horses from the St. George country. 
They started to drive them back along their trail toward 
Lee's Ferry on the Colorado. Posses were sent from all the 
towns along the Virgin River to recover the animals. After 
two days and nights the Indians were overtaken. All but one 
of them were killed, and the animals recovered. During the 
fight Uncle Charley barely escaped. An arrow was shot into 
the horn of his saddle and another hit the 'bright' on his 
horse's bridle. " 

While Uncle Charley worKed at the Scootempaw Ranch near Kanab, he 
rode a great deal with Jim Andrews looking after cattle and horses and 
guarding them from the thieving Indians. They rode much in the areas desi- 
gnated Short Creek, Canaan, Kaibab or Buckskin Mountain. My father also 
rode much with Jim Andrews who incidently was at the Bar Z Ranch as fore- 
man when in 1918 we- -my wife, son Gene, cousin Mable Cook, John and 
Alice Crandall- -called there as we returned via our faithful "Model T"from 
our trip to Woodruff, Arizona where I first met my wife's folks. Jim had 
his cowboys help us up the steep "pitches" to the Kaibab plateau where we 
first saw Grand Canyon from Bright Angel Point. 


While Uncle Charley was working in Kanab he first met his future wife 
Annie Lavina Johnson. She was the daughter of Sextus Ellis Johnson and his 
wife Edith Melissa Merrill. Annie; s father had served a four-year mission 
to the Hawaiian Islands. He later moved with his family and several relatives 
to Mexico. 

These young people often sang together. Charley's good bass voice harmon- 
ized well with her fine soprano. They were married in Virgin City by the 
bride's father on 9 May, 1869. They were later sealed in the Endowment 
House in Salt Lake City. They were a happy couple. He is described as "a 
kind, cheerful and loving husband and father. " They had but one child, Edith 
Jane, born December 17, 1870. This happy relationship was brought to an 
untimely end by the death of Charles Hewett Hilton, the husband and father, 
on May 19, 1875 of appendicitis when he was but twenty -eight years of age. 
Annie, but twenty-three, and her little four-year old daughter went to live 
with her father's family until she remarried many years later. She went with 
her father and others when they moved to Colonia Juarez, Mexico. Here she 
married George Brown but lived with him only a short time. She had no other 


children except "Cousin Edie. " She spent her long life doing good and help- 
ing those who needed her. 

Her own mother died and left seven children. She mothered them all. 
When her brother's wife died, she took his three little children and made 
a good home for them. Likewise some years later her other sister-in-law 
died, leaving eight children. She made a good home for them, too. Amy, 
one of the girls she raised, married and later died leaving two small child- 
ren. These "Mother Annie" took also, making thirteen children she raised- - 
besides one of her own- -and helping with her father's motherless children. 

In recognition to this wonderful service, one of her talented foster child- 
ren paid this poetic tribute: 

"You painted no Madonnas on chapel walls in Rome, 
But with a touch divine, you lived one in your home. 
You wrote no lofty poems that "circles" counted Art~- 
But with a nobler vision, you lived them in your heart. 

You carved no shapeless marble to some high- soul design- - 
But with a finer sculpture, you shaped this soul of mine. 
You built no great cathedrals that centuries applaud, 
But with a grace exquisite- -your life "cathedraled" God. 

Had I the gift of Raphael or Michelangelo- - 

Oh! What a rare Madonna my mother's life would show!" 

This good woman who died at the age of eighty- three performed when she 
was fifty-two still another brave and selfless service under very difficult 
circumstances. This was for the sister of her beloved husband Charles, 
Sarah Ann. This took place in Mexico where Aunt Sarah Ann went with the 
Johnsons. Some time after the death of her husband George Hunt, Sarah Ann 
married Almon Babbett Johnson. They had two children which with "Belle',' 
Mary and George, children of her former marriage, were stricken along 
with her husband Almon with the dreaded smallpox during the Mexican epi- 
demic of 1890. It was to this family of her sister-in-law Sarah Ann Hilton 
Hunt Johnson in such desperate need, that Annie came and nursed them 
through sickness- -and death. Yes, Sarah Ann aged thirty- five, her husband 
Almon, her two little children Almon, Jr. and Charles died. "Belle, " George 
and Mary lived. They later came to Utah to reunite with Sarah Ann's brothers 
John Hugh, Joseph and Hyrum. 

The Sad Toll of the Frontier 

At this point in our account it seems good to pause to note the toll in lives 


cut short, often taken by pioneer Life on the frontier. These our progenitors 
had no services of skilled physicians. Had there been, doubtless our grand- 
father Hugh would not have died- -apparently of appendicitis- -at the age of fifty- 
two, or "Uncle Charley" of the same "curable" malady at age twenty-eight, or 
Grandmother Isabella at age fifty, or Sarah Ann of smallpox at the early age 
of thirty-eight. In our "day" when Life expectancy is above the Biblical allot- 
ment of three score and ten, we rarely hear of a case of fatal appendicitis, and 
smallpox is held in strict control through vaccination. 

Even though we appreciate their sacrifices, we still deplore their early 
passing. What great services they could have rendered had they lived as long 
as most of us now do! If this had been the case, 1 could now remember my 
grandparents. As it is, all four (five, counting- -as we must- -Thomas Norm- 
ington) died long before I was born. 

Before closing this chapter dealing with "Uncle Charley" and his wonderful 
wife Annie, let us become better acquainted with "Cousin Edie, " their only 
child. This beautiful white-haired lady, aged ninety-two, lives at 743 Fargo 
Avenue in San Lorenzo, near Oakland, California. She is alert, takes care of 
herself in her own apartment under the loving watch care of her children and 
grandchildren, some of whom live nearby. 

At the age of sixteen she married Franklin Cheney and is the mother of one 
girl and seven boys. Her daughter died at age fifty-two, but most of her sons 
still live. Their families- -all descendents of our beloved "Uncle Charley" are 
shown in detail at the end of this booK. She still thinks of her kin. Some time 
ago she wrote in a letter to me: "I would surely enjoy being at a Hilton reunion, 
but that is impossible. 1 hope you have an enjoyable time." In this same letter 
she mentioned Grandfather Hilton as follows: "1 was only four years old when 
he passed away and can just remember a few incidents. " She was the only one 
of his grandchildren that he had the privilege of naming and blessing. 

It was a great thrill to see her stand straight and tall at a recent banquet for 
the many High Priests and their widows in the Oakland- Berkeley Stake. Here 
at ninety- two she was the oldest person present and smiled in appreciation as 
they pinned the orchid corsage on her amid great applause. 

Among those who contributed information which enabled me to write this 
brief sketch of "Uncle Charley" are his daughter Edith, my sisters Isabell 
Hilton Hinton, Annie Hilton Bishop, James Jeppson, Alex Adams, "Dade" John- 
son, and Caroline Eyring who thus spoke at the funeral of "Uncle Charley's" 
widow at Pima, Arizona in 1935. 


£- * 

robably Sarah Ann Hilton, age 16 

"Belle" Hunt Kelly 

George Jefferson Hunt 

Mary Hunt Skeem 

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Sarah Ann 

When their baby daughter came to the Hilton's two- room adobe house which 
was their first "Home" of their own at 538 South Fourth Hast, Salt Lake City, 
the parents Hugh and Isabella, remembering and honoring their own mothers 
gave her the name of Sarah Ann. She was born on the 19 of July, 1855, and 
was a welcome addition to the family, which since the deatn of little Hugh, Jr. 
now consisted of the father Hugh, aged thirty-four, the mother Isabella, aged 
thirty, and Charles eight. It was good to have this precious little one in the 

The family garden must have yielded well, for the incomplete records of 
the Salt Lake Ninth Ward show donations from the Hiltons to the needs of the 
poor, of flour, potatoes, onions, meat and $L00. Half of the six years the 
family lived in Salt Lake had passed by the time Sarah Ann was born. Two and 
one half years yet remain before John Hugh arrived and still one more before 
they, fleeing before the threat of the U. S. Army, loaded up their effects m 
their wagon, yoked up the oxen and began to roll with their neighbors south 
past "the point of the mountain" to Lehi by Utah Lake. 

We know little of the kind of shelter they found for themselves and for their 
little ones in Lehi before they finally got located at 80 North First East. When 
1 was principal of the Lehi Seminary (1917-19) some of the "old timers" re- 
membered the adobe home in which the Hiltons lived at the time they moved 
to "Dixie" fifty-six years before. At the time of this move Sarah Ann was six 
and no doubt remembered many events of those stirring times. 

We can vision Aunt Sarah Ann growing up in Virgin between age six and 
nineteen when she married. Along with her brothers and the other children, 
she had a limited period of "schooling" which was held but three months each 
year during the winter. Sarah Ann was diligent and active in all church ac- 
tivities and community entertainments. We do not have a picture of her ex- 
cept the very poor tintype where she is shown as a very young child. The 
limited descriptions we do have of her tell of her as a beautiful young woman. 

She was without doubt a great help to her parents as together they "con- 
quered the desert" and made a comfortable pioneer home on the banks of the 
turbulent Virgin River. 


M arriage 

111 1874 Sarah Ann Hilton and George Jefferson Hunt were married. Her 
husband was the son of Captain Jefferson Hunt of the Mormon Batallion. This 
young couple lived in Virgin at the time of the birth of the first of their three 
children. She was born 29 October 1875 and was named Lydia Isabel after 
her grandmothers. When George Hugh Hunt was born 24 December 1877, they 
were living at Duncan's Retreat up the river a few miles from Virgin. Their 
second daughter and last child, Mary Effie, was born in Virgin March I , 1881. 

Sarah Ann's husband with his three brothers were freighters. They lived 
a rough and boisterous and dangerous life. George died after a severe illness 
caused by injuries. Sarah Ann cared for him until he died when she was left 
a widow of twenty- seven with her three little children to care for. By this 
time both her parents had died and her brothers Charles and John Hugh were 
both married. 

Sarah Ann was married several months before her mother's death and 
about a year and a half after her father passed away. After her mother's 
death, Sarah Ann and her husband came and lived at the old home for a time 
and helped to care for her three orphan brothers. John was then eighteen, 
Joseph sixteen, and Hyrum fourteen. Sarah Ann's first baby was born approxi- 
mately five months after her mother's death and the boys then got Evelyn Mat- 
thews, an Indian girl, to keep house for them when Sarah Ann moved to her 
own home. My father tells how their sister continued to help them as she 
could. Her help was much sought for later when my sisters Isabell and Annie 
and my brother Hugh were sick, for all three of them were born after Sarah 
Ann became a widow. She no doubt helped similarly with her brother Joseph's 
first-born children, for several of them were born before she moved away. 
Sarah Ann's youngest brother Hyrum also married and their first-born son 
Charles was born before she left Virgin City for Mexico. 

Thus Aunt Sarah Ann, who was greatly beloved by her brothers, was close 
to them and helped as best she could after the deaths of their parents. She 
was there when John married in 1881, Joseph in 1883 and Hyrum in 1888. Since 
she did not move to Mexico until the fall of 1889, she was present to assist 
with the little children in all three of her brother's homes and was greatly mis- 
sed when she moved away. 

Remarriage and Move to Mexico 

About fourteen months after her husband's death, Sarah Ann remarried. 
She and Almon Babbitt Johnson were sealed as husband and wife for time and 
eternity in the St. George Temple March 21, 1883. Later, July 23, 1885, her 
three children, Belle, George and Mary, were sealed to them. Her husband 
was a relative of Annie Johnson, Uncle Charley's widow, and when the John- 


sons with others moved to the Mormon Colony, Colonia Juarez, Mexico, in 
1889, it turned out that Annie and her sister-in-law and also relative by 
marriage Sarah Ann were there together. Edith, the only child of Annie and 
Uncle Charley, now nineteen and married, also came into Mexico. Sarah Ann 
had with her at this time Belle, now fourteen, George twelve, Mary eight, and 
little Almon, Jr., about four . 

The parting of Sarah Ann and her children with her Hilton brothers and 
their families was sorrowful indeed. It seemed almost as if all had premoni- 
tions of the disaster soon to fall and that they would see each other never 
again in this life. 

A description of this move has been written by Biah Kelly Sjostron, daughter 
of Belle, Sarah Ann's eldest daughter: 

"Belle has been heard to say how well she remembered her 
mother crying as if her heart would break to leave her 
brothers. Her three brothers rode out to Goules the first 
night and stopped to spend the evening with their sister 
and family. John left the horse which he was riding and 
took one of the horses which he was sure wouldn't make 
the trip. The trek from Virgin City to Colonia Juarez, Old 
Mexico, was long and hard. Wagons were hot and bumpy. 
Some of the time Belle and her brother George rode horse- 
back to help drive the cattle. On one occasion Belle was 
thrown from her horse and her collar bone was broken. 

When they came to the Colorado River, they were notable 
to pay the toll to be ferried across the river so they swam 
the horses and wagons with all aboard. There was only one 
horse lost. He was unable to carry the load and swim, so 
was cut loose. He swam ashore and was not found until he 
turned up in Sanpete County, Utah a year later. It took two 
days to rest themselves and their horses and to dry out 
things and get ready to move on. " 


Almost exactly one year after they reached Mexico and had begun to get 
established, Sarah Ann, her husband Almon, little son Almon, Jr. and her 
new-born infant Charles were all the victims of the terrible scourge of 
smallpox. There was no medical help available and despite the good nursing 
care given them by Uncle Charley's widow Annie, the disease was fatal. Annie 
risked her life to go to the mountain cabin where they had been isolated to 
care for them. Although Belle, George and Mary contracted the disease, they 
survived and were cared for by Annie until they were well. 


The girls were sent for by their Hilton uncles and still later George came 
by himself to Virgin. The record of the marriages and families of cousins 
Belle, George and Mary are set out with the other descendents of Hugh, of 
Jane and of Isabella in Chapter 16. 

Practically all personal property, pictures and keepsakes of Sarah Ann, 
her husband and family were burned or buried at the time of their death 
from smallpox. Their fellow Mormons in Mexico donated enough clothing, 
etc. to the three orphan children so they got along until the girls reached 
Virgin and until George was able to provide for himself. 

The Pilkington Flat Iron 

There was one heirloom that survived and is yet a cherished momento of 
"dear dead days beyond recall. " We refer to the tiny Pilkington flat iron. 
This little iron was heated on a stove or by being stood up before the coals 
of an open fire and was originally used to smooth out English bonnets and 
other various dainty things that needed special attention. It first appears in 
our family when Ann Pilkington, my paternal great grandmother, received 
it as the oldest of her mother's daughters, as the tradition goes, with in- 
structions to pass it on to her eldest daughter. Ann's eldest daughter was 
my grandmother Isabel Pilkington Hilton. She received it and brought it to 
America and to Utah by ship and ox team. Her eldest daughter Sarah Ann 
received it and in turn bequeathed it to her eldest Lydia Isabel, our beloved 
cousin "Belle." From her, Biah, her eldest daughter, received it and has 
now placed it in the keeping of her eldest daughter Virgie Sjostrom Murray 
of Gait, California, who furnished the picture of it shown on page 90. 

A most interesting phase of this story and the preservation of the famous 
iron has to do with its journey back to America from Mexico. Being iron, it 
was not burned with other precious things. Belle's brother returned to Utah 
(I well remember his riding into Virgin in 1899) after his mother's death, 
after wandering and working in Mexico, Texas and elsewhere. With his faith- 
ful saddle horse and pack pony, he brought the flat iron with him! It was thus 
dramatically restored to his sister to continue its long line of descent and to 
remind all of us who are the descendents of great- grandmother Ann Pilkington 
of our wonderful heritage. Its known journey thus far is from Ann in England 
to Isabella in "Dixie" in Utah, to Sarah Ann in Mexico, to Belle in Deseret, 
Utah, and from Biah in Oasis, Utah, to Virgie in Gait, California, to? 

Promising Life Cut Short 

Like others whose lives we have sketched in this book, Aunt Sarah Ann's 
life was prematurely cut short. As we have seen she grew up under the hard 
conditions incident to pioneer life on the frontier. Her opportunities to de- 
velop her special interests and talents were limited. She passed through 
many sorrowful experiences but despite many adversities, she remained 


faithful to the end. Among the last official records is the one in the St. 
George Temple in which she and her three children were sealed to the hus- 
band of her choice for time and eternity. As this account is written, all of 
her five children have departed this life and are, we are sure, happy in the 
reunion with parents and grandparents in the glory that is theirs on the other 

The living record chapter concluding this book shows the record of Sarah 
Ann's posterity. This shows her three children who grew to maturity, grand- 
children, and great grandchildren. 

It is sad to recall that I did not have the privilege of knowing Aunt Sarah 
Ann nor of even seeing a picture of her. It was my valued privilege, however, 
to live in the home of her daughter Belle for two school years when they lived 
in Deseret and 1 attended grades seven and eight, I also saw my cousins Mary 
and George. Very few indeed of those of the "older generation" of Hiltons 
who remember seeing cousins Belle, Mary, and George yet remain. 

Since the above was written the picture shown on page 74-a has been found. 
We believe it is of Sarah Ann at about age 16. 



John Hugh Hilton 

Maria Parker Hilton 

The Eleven Children: (Front row-L. toR. )hugene, Hazel, izabell, Annie, 
Hugh. (Back row-L. toR. )Wilford, Roy,lvins, Virgil, Clement, Lyle. 

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An Autobiography 

The picture of the little antique dictionary and spectacles on the cover 
page shows also the signature of Hugh, the father of John Hugh Hilton and that 
his brother John, who died before Hugh left England. When the baby son of 
Hugh and Isabella arrived at the little adobe home in Salt Lake City on Nov- 
ember 17, 1857, they named him John Hugh. He lived to become the father of 
the compiler of this brief record, and seven other sons and three daughters. 
These, with their families, - the largest of the families descended from Hugh 
and Isabella, - are set out in order of age in Chapter 16. 

Anticipating the possibility of a publication somewhat like this book, I in- 
terviewed my father when he was an old man. I will let his autobiography -- 
if such a brief sketch of the first quarter of his life can be so-called-- form 
the basis of this chapter. To it I will add additional information and quotations 
from others as seems good. In any case it will be but a brief report of a busy 
man whose life span was 90-1/4 years. He far outlived his parents and brothers 
and sisters. Father's account follows: 

"I was born in Salt Lake City on November 17, 1857. The actual 
place, as near as I know, was the 9th Ward, or the place then known 
as the 9th Ward. " (This location is now numbered 538 South 4th East. ) 
"The house was once pointed out to me when I went to Salt Lake City 
with Laurence Marriger, of Virgin. I was then about 15 or 16. The 
home, I think, was of adobe. There were two rooms as near as I 
could tell. It had been painted or whitewashed. " 

"At the time of my birth my father, Hugh Hilton, was out in Echo 
Canyon with other Mormon men working to resist the coming through 
of Johnson's army. He returned to Salt Lake City between the time of 
my birth and the move south before the army came through Salt Lake 
City. He went in this general move to Lehi, Utah, taking with him his 
wife, son Charles, daughter Sarah Ann, and myself. At Lehi he lived 
on First East Street (#80) and engaged in his trade of brewing beer. He 
made hop beer, but not strong liquor, to sell to the United States soldiers 
at Camp Floyd. They came to his place for it and he had to hire a man 
to help him keep the soldiers reasonably still while at his place. He 
continued to sell beer to them until they left Utah to take part in the 
Civil War. " 

"The wagons and other property of the army were auctioned off before 


they left. My father bought two large army wagons, a large tent, etc. 
He moved to Dixie at the call of Pres. Brigham Young, taking two 
wagons with two yokes of oxen on one wagon and one on the other . 
Charles was then 15 or 16 years of age. Charlie later returned to 
Lehi and drove the loose stock at the time John Parker and family 
moved to Dixie." 

"Father located on the lot which was later mine until I moved in 
1900 to Millard County. At first we lived in a large tent Father had 
bought from the government. " 

"A short time after locating in Virgin Father built two one-room log 
houses. They were about ten feet apart, with a roof of dirt over them 
all. Grape vines climbed over this arbor. We used the tent for storage 
purposes. I remember being frightened by a group of five or six Indians 
who came to our house when Father and Charlie were away and demand- 
ed some melons. We had this large tent about a quarter full. They were 
stacked up high in the middle. Mother gave them three or four, but one 
buck pulled his knife --a big butcher knife -- and flourished it over 
mother, and pointed to the melons demanding one. She gave him one. 
I remember also the Indians stealing our melons out of our field when 
they camped nearby. Charlie ran them out, but when he passed their 
camp on the way home, they came out and gave him quite a supply of 
pine nuts. " 

"Father lived in Virgin until the time of his death in 1873. He made a 
trip back to Salt Lake City after the log houses was first built. I re- 
member it very well because he brought back some apples. There 
was practically no fruit in Virgin then, and they used to dry melons 
and squash for winter. They also gathered and dried s"quaw berries, 
thimble berries, choke berries, etc. There was also a little red 
berry which was very good which grew on a small bush in the dry 
ground. There was also the "oose" apple which they ate and also dried." 

"Father was a little better fixed financially than the average run of 
Mormons in Virgin due to his beer business in Lehi. He was not very 
well after moving to Dixie. He, with Alexander Wright, built a grist 
mill, but Father never worked in it. I do not remember ever seeing 
him ride a horse. " 

"I had only a limited chance at an education. School was held only 
during the winter months. The people were poor because of pioneer- 
ing in this far-off land. The teachers, except those residing locally , 
were paid in farm produce. Also they 'boarded round' with the families 


who had children in school. My entire schooling occupied not more 
than eight or ten months altogether. " 

"School houses were built by the people, and were intended for church 
gatherings also. Furnishings in the schools were very crude. Benches 
and tables were made of rough lumber, without back rests, and with 
pegs for legs. Students bought their own books, pencils, slates, etc. " 

" I went with the family in the summer of 1872 to Smithfield in Cache 
Valley to visit my mother's sister, Jane Horton, and her brother, 
William Pilkington. We left home with two yoke of oxen. When we 
reached Chalk Creek (Kanosh) in Millard County, some of the oxen 
ate something which poisoned them. At Holdon we traded the oxen for 
a span of mules. We were very proud of them, and I learned to ride 
both of them. " 

"After visiting a month or two, we started home. One night we camp- 
ed at Joseph Wright's place, west of the Jordan River, and while there 
the mules got away, and were gone for a month. We looked for them 
every day, but had to go on foot, as we had no way of riding. John 
Eddings, an old friend of father's invited him to bring his family, help 
him in his soft drink business on State Street, and stay until the mules 
could be found. " 

"At last Father offered a reward for the 'lost' mules. Someone finally 
brought them and received the reward. It was late summer when we 
reached our home in Dixie. I was then 15 years of age, and since 
Father's health began to fail, I, being the oldest one at home, had to 
do much of the work, especially with the cattle. " 

"The people in Virgin had considerable trouble with the Indians. There 
were about thirty Mormon families in the little town, and after they 
had fairly well established themselves the Navajo Indians 'Went on the 
Warpath'. To protect themselves the people hastily built a fort. They 
moved the log houses already constructed in between the adobe houses 
and formed the walls of the fort. Here the people lived whenever 
necessary to protect themselves against Indian attacks, for a period 
of about two years. " 

"When we finally got settled, we raised all the fruit we used, and even 
sold some. We raised sugar cane and had molasses made at one of the 
molasses mills, paying for it with some of the cane. We also raised 
cotton and Mother made it into cloth. She would card, spin. and dye it, 
and make clothes for the family. " 


"We also had chickens, hogs and cows. We had two city lots and a 
farm of about eight acres. We had pickets of cedar and pole fences 
around our home and farm. We had to haul our drinking water in a 
barrel on a sled from the Virgin river, some 300 yards from our home " 

"Here Father died in 1873 and Mother in 1875. My brother Charles had 
married some years before, and moved to Kanab. His sudden death 
from appendicitis at the age of 28, and Mother's death from the same 
trouble a few weeks later left us in a sad state. My sister, Sarah Ann, 
had married some six months before, and she and her husband, George 
Hunt, lived with us for a while. We then got Evelyn Matthews, an 
Indian girl several years older than me to keep house for us. She had 
lived with the Matthews family since she was a baby. She was a good 
girl and did a good part by us. We continued this way for several years 
until 1881 when I got married on June 1st in the St. George temple to 
Maria Parker. We lived in the old home for a while, and my brother 
Joseph and Hyrum lived with us most of the time. " 

"After the death of Father, 1873, and Mother in 1875, the estate was 
probated in the County Court and each heir received a portion. I was 
awarded the two lots where the old home was. The mill had been sold 
after Father's death." 

"I went to the various church services, and Sunday School and Deacon's 
meetings quite regularly when I was at home. I was Ward Teacher 
usually when I was home. My occupation interfered rather seriously 
with my being regular in attendance or service, but I tried to attend to 
my duties when possible. After I was married, I went upon call to some 
of the nearby wards to do missionary work. I usually went with some 
of the older men; I did not make very long termons but tried to give 
them something worth thinking about. I was often called upon to sing at 
parties and sometimes sang duets with my brother Joseph's wife, 

"My father owned quite a few cattle, and almost from the time when I 
was big enough I went out with Charlie, especially in the spring and 
summer, to ride after cattle. After the Kolob herd was organized, 
William Wright hired me to ride with him for cattle. The high mount- 
ain range was above and immediately nortl of Zion Canyon. He was 
the first superintendent of the herd. I later was made superintendent 
and at first served about a year. George Moroni (Roan) Spillsbury then 
became superintendent for a year, then I again became superintendent , 
and remained superintendent until the organization broke up. Various 
individuals drew out their shares of cattle and sold them to buyers who 
came in from Colorado and California. 


"Some of the cattle could not be gathered because of the roughness 
of the country, and consequently became very wild. These naturally 
reduced the profits of the organization. After the organization dis- 
solved, they paid off in the cattle that could be gathered, all stock- 
holders. Richard Parker, my wife's brother, and I bid in auction for 
the brand and got it. We gathered quite a few of these wild cattle and 
sold part of our interests to Mose Gibson and John Wright. We gather- 
ed as many as we could and let the rest go. " 

"I had many very thrilling and dangerous experiences during my life 
as a cowboy, but I always remembered and clung to the promise 
which was made to me in my patriarchal blessing that T would be 
watched over and protected from harm. It has been literally fulfilled. 
I was never hurt. " 

Experiences Related By Richard Parker 

Uncle Richard Parker, my mother's brother, wrote an account of his 
Dixie activities. He and my father were associated in many activities. To 
point up the dangerous nature of their workwith wild cattle, I quote the 
following from Uncle Richard: 

"These cattle were very fleet of foot, good runners, and would 
fight at the drop of the hat, as the saying goes. We always carried 
a long lasso, and it takes practice and experience to know how to 
use one, - and more so when on a horse. Our roping was always 
done while in the saddle, and the horn used for snubbing. I have had 
a number of horses hooked and crippled by these cattle. They all 
had long, sharp horns, and they knew how to use them. I have been 
in many a fight and dangerous places along with John Hilton. It al- 
ways done John good to relate them, as they are places he never 
forgets. " 

"One day we had roped and tied down a number of cattle on Smith's 
flats, and we would bring down a bunch of gentle cattle around to 
where they were tied, untie them and stop them up with the gentle 
ones. John and I were engaged in this. A bad cow, mad as she 
could be, was there. John had her tail between her hind legs, and 
I was untying her. I was going to put my rope on her legs and go 
to my horse and hold her until John could get on his horse. But just 
as I had everything loose the cow made a lunge and the whole bush 
of her tail broke off. The cow sprang to her feet and after me she 
came. About a hundred yards away was a very small bushy cedar. 
I made for that and the cow right at my heels. When I reached the 


little cedar, I went round and round, and the cow following. John 
ran for his horse and delivered me as I was about all in. " 

Another time they - John and Richard - were trying to corral a bunch of 
wild cattle, 

"I had my rope an a big, wild, sharp-horned steer. The cinch of 
my saddle was quite loose, and I couldn't handle the steer ---the 
steer stopped and appeared to be standing with his eyes shut. Just 
at the time I had the saddle uncinched, and it was impossible for 
me to get back on the horse, the steer opened his eyes and made 
for me. I left my horse and ran with the steer close at my heels. I 
could feel his horns rubbing on my back when I came to a little gully 
about the size of a plow furrow. I plunged into it full length, with the 
steer bellowing and trying to get his horns into me. My fears were 
that I would be trampled on, but as this was going on John Hilton 
came around a point and saw the situation. He came with all speed, 
picked up my rope which I had on the steer and put it to his saddle 
horn and pulled the steer away from me. " 

"Another time John and I were chasing a big, black steer. He made 
for a dry wash. It had ledges on both sides and a narrow crevice 
through the ledge where the trail went through. Just before the steer 
entered this opening John threw his rope and caught him and put it to 
the horn. John, by this time, was close to the ledge about eight or 
ten feet high, and the steer running down a steep mountain, and the 
rope tightened and John and the horse were pulled over the ledge. I 
was expecting to see John and the horse both killed, but to my sur- 
prise John was sitting on his horse and neither were hurt, but the 
steer, rope and all, continued on down the mountain side. We got the 
steer and rope in the round up a day or two later. " 

Move From Virgin to Abraham 

As difficulties in Virgin increased as their family grew to eight children, 
John Hugh and Maria considered the wisdom of moving to a new location. Be- 
fore actually leaving Dixie they wrote to the general authorities, calling 
their attention to the fact that both the Hiltons and the Parkers had been call- 
ed to Dixie and asking if it was now agreeable for them to move away. Per- 
mission was granted, and the move began on Washington's Birthday, 1900. 
Regarding this major change father said: 

"I farmed, tended cattle, carried the mail from Rockville to Silver 
Reef for four years, etc. etc. , but the river had washed away so much 
of our land that it seemed necessary to move to a new home where 


we could have more opportunity to make a living for our large 
family. We sold our home for $1,000, taking pay in cattle, a 
white topped buggy and $25. 00 in cash. We moved to Church 
Farm, later named Abraham, in Millard County, Utah. Richard 
Parker and his family went with us. We had two wagons and the 
buggy, and took eight days to make the journey. We stayed in 
Deseret for a few days with my sister Sarah Ann's daughter Belle 
and her husband, Virgil Kelly. " 

"We bought a lot in the newly surveyed town- site at Abraham, 
and bargained for a 40-acre farm some two miles distant. At 
first we continued to live in our covered wagon and one room we 
rented. We also purchased a tent. We were the first family to 
move on the new townsite, where we lived in our tent and wagon 
until our new brick home was completed. This was a two- room 
building with a low loft. " 

"Many of our cattle died from eating poison weeds, and most of 
the others were lost in the heavy winters and from the effects of 
eating the poor salt grass where we ranged them on the lower 
Sevier river. These were real pioneering years, and we exper- 
ienced many hardships and discouragements. I tried to do my duty, 
and work hard, and be honest. We were blessed in many ways. I 
have always paid a full tithing and kept my word as good as my 
bond. " 

"In the small branch of the church I was selected as Assistant 
Suaerintendent of Sunday School, and later as Presiding Elder, with 
my son, Hugh, as Clerk. Still later I served on the Stake High 
Council when Alonzo A. Hinckley was President of the Stake. " 

"In 1 910 we built a four-room, brick house in Hinckley and moved 
from Abraham after ten difficult years there, trying to cope with 
pests, weeds, adverse weather, and finally alkali. Also, education- 
al opportunities would be much better in Hinckley since the Church 
had just started to build a new Academy there. " 

"Speaking of his family, he said: 

"We had eleven children, Isabel, Annie, Hugh, Eugene, Wilford, 
Roy, Ivins, Virgil, Clement, Hazel and Lyle. Their mother was 
one of the very best women who ever lived. She always did her full 
share of the homemaking, caring for and teaching the family, and 
encouraging them and setting the example for them to follow. ---In 
1918 my wife and I went to Salt Lake City and worked in the temple 
for several months. " 


Our Mother 

Our mother was indeed a marvelously efficient, loving and devoted mother 
We never cease to marvel at her success in meeting and overcoming the tre- 
mendous difficulties encountered in raising a large family under adverse, 
pioneering conditions. Her love for the restored gospel and her effective teach 
ing were prime factors in the lives of each of her faithful children. She was 
the only daughter of John Parker and Maria Jackson Normington Parker. Her 
mother was rescued from near death from the Martin Handcart Company when 
they were overcome by the early snow in Wyoming in 1856. She was brought 
to the home of John Parker, Jr. , an L. D. S. convert from Burnley, England 
by his son, William, who drove the wagon to the rescue. After two years she 
and John Parker, Jr. were married for time only, since Mother Normington 
was already sealed with her other children, to her husband, Thomas, who 
died in the ill-fated handcart journey to Utah. 

The John Parker, Jr. family was called to Dixie about the same time the 
Hiltons were. Mother, at that time, was a babe in arms. Her father was the 
first Bishop of Virgin. She grew up and was married at 19 to Father in the 
St. George temple. They lost none of their eleven children. All grew to 
maturity and had families of their own. After moving to Hinckley she and 
Father spent the winter of 1918 doing temple work in Salt Lake City. Morher 
died at age 61 of heart trouble, and her early passing is still a source of 
sorrow and mourning to all of us to this day. She loved each of us deeply, 
and we each returned this warm affection. 

In the twenty-five years that Father lived after Mother's passing, he 
spent considerable time in Salt Lake City, Mesa, Fillmore, Delta and Hinckley 
He did considerable temple work in both the Salt Lake and the Arizona temples. 
Eleven years after Mother's death he married Caroline Blair, a fellow temple 
worker at Mesa. They lived together fourteen years until she passed awa\ 
just a few weeks before Father's death. 

Aside from some trouble with hay fever in his latter years, he enjoyed 
excellent health , and was up and about almost to the day of his death. He had 
a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel, and was anxious to have 
all his children shape their lives in obedience to its teachings. He spent much 
time in his latter years studying the scriptures, in which he took great de- 

Father as Entertainer 

Father often amused us by reciting the thrilling experiences through which 
he passed. He would often "sing us to sleep" when we were little. He was a 
natural mimic, especially of the broken English of some of the people he 
knew who came from abroad. We "youngsters" , as we were called, enjoyed 


listening to Father and his brother Joseph and Hyrum "laugh until they 
cried" as they recalled these events. Mention of a few will serve to bring 
back the "good old days" to those of us who still remember them and also 
to inform the new generation of Hiltons. 

Brother James Jepson, a life long friend and next-door neighbor in Virgin, 
recounted the following "sample" at a Hilton family reunion: 

"In Virgin there was an old grist mill water wheel run by an over 
head stream of water (see picture page 51). John went down to the 
mill one afternoon to see how the water was, and when he got just 
about there he heard voices. He came closer and saw a gang of boys 
sitting down in this old wheel playing cards. So he went back to the 
mill and pulled the lever that let the water on the wheel just enough 
to get it started good, then he turned it off. He went back and pre- 
tended he didn't know they were in there when he turned the water on, - 
but he surely broke up that card party. " 

Father was known as an expert horseman with uncanny ability with the 
lariat or lasso, as it was then generally called. The equipment of a cattle- 
man consisted of many items and words the names and correct uses of 
which are now largely unkown to all but a few of his descendants. Among 
these were the hackamore, haundo, lasso, tying rope, cinch, crupper, 
tarpaulin, grub-box, keg, slicker, pack-frame, chaps, quirt, snubbing 
horn, castrating knife, branding iron, maverick, long ear, swap, near, 
gee, haw, whoa, hobbles, fodder, saddle-sores, broncho buster, cayuse, 
mustang, galded, and some others I can't spell or have forgotten. Father's 
own cattle were identified by a wattle on the left side of the neck, under bit 
in the right ear, and a half circle on the left ribs. 

Especially interesting to us were the five, ten and twenty dollar gold pieces 
he received from the cattle sales when Saunders, "Tony" Ivins et al, came 
to buy. He sometimes let us children stack the coins up as he sorted out the 
"shares" for division among the Kolob herd owners. 

The world of the stockman was no doubt confusing to many of the old world 
converts who came to Dixie. It greatly amused Father to see the city bred 
Englishmen try to be effective cowboys. Father told of one of them who boast 
ed that he was "strong and smart too, ya betcha", and when he was bucked off 
a horse and nearly knocked senseless, he finally got up and asked in his high 
pitched voice, "Cracky Jerusalem! Happy land of liberty! Where's the fool 
gone to?" 

Another rather sanctimonious old brother was constantly teased by the 


"young bucks" who continued to accuse him of stealing their tobacco. He got 
so tired of it that he finally shrieked at them with the following classic denial, 
"Domlia', I never stole your dom backie. Humbuggin' about yer dom backie 
hin hevery crowd ye catch me hin. Hi got niver a cint, but I betcha ten dollars 
ye can't prove it hon me. " 

One who considered himself something of an authority on birds claimed 
that he saw an owl with a swivel neck. As he continued to walk around the tree 
in the top of which the owl was perched he said that it never once took its eyes 
off of him. This same fellow caught a young crow which he claimed was a 
magpie which one day would talk. As time wore on they kept asking him, " Has 
he talked yet?" His reply was, "No, he aint spoke yet, but he's keepin' up a 
devil of a thinkin'. " 

Father often laughed at a brother (whose name I can't remember) who claim- 
ed to be the winner in a fight over the water. His explanation was as follows: 

"Spendlove threw me in the ditch. I threw Spendlove in the ditch, but 
Spendlove got more mud on him than I did get on me. " 

Father told of the unsuccessful effort of an English convert mother to help 
her little son, George Henry, find a lost buckskin bag. She thought Joe Stratton 
knew something about it. She accosted him as he stood talking with a bunch of 
his cronies in front of the store in Virgin: "Hi say Joe Stratton, ave ye seen aught 
of my little George Enerie's bookskin biag?". He answered, mocking the poor 
old sister, "Wot the 'el da ya think Hi know about your little George 'Enerie s 
bookskin biag?" 

Life in Virgin where both Father and Mother grew from infancy to maturity, 
and where they married, and where eight of their eleven children were born, 
had for them many memories, - as indeed it had for those of us who also re 
member. It was a hard experience to leave beloved Dixie and move to the 
white, flat and barren land of Abraham, in Millard County, Utah. As we now 
occasionally visit Virgin and view the adobe house where eight of us were born, 
and note the "abandoned" nature of the once beautiful and fruitful little village, 
we conclude that our move from there was no doubt wise, despite the sorrow 
and suffering connected therewith. No doubt all of these experiences have 
helped us to become the wonderful family we are. All of the eleven children 
married in the temple and had families of their own. The posterity of John 
Hugh and Maria Parker Hilton now number 341 . The detail of these families 
and theirs is shown in Chapter 16. 

John Hugh Hilton died of natural causes, February 18, 1948, at the age of 
ninety, at the home of his eldest son, Hugh in Hinckley, Utah, Mother had 


died in Hinckley December 5, 1923, at the age of 61. A stone marks 
graves in the little cemetery in Hinckley. 

John H. Hilton Home in Virgin - Eight of 11 Children 

were born here - 

The Pilkington Flat Iron 


Joseph Pilkington Hilton 

Ellen May Richards Hilton 

The Eight Children: (front row 1. to r. )Ethel May, Genevieve, Verda, 
(back row 1. to r. ) Ellen May, Ianthus Richards, Samuel Whitney, Joseph 
Clarence, Baby Charles Whitney 

90 a 


Uncle Joseph 

Our grandparents, Hugh and Isabella, had a clearly recognizable pattern 
in naming their children. Their first-born was a son. He was named Hugh 
after his father. Their last-born was a daughter, named Isabella, after her 
mother. Both of these children died in infancy. Their second child was Sarah 
Ann, obviously named after her paternal grandmother, Sarah Coltshear or 
Hardman, and maternal grandmother, Ann Pilkington. They used the father's 
name again, preceding it by John, when John Hugh, their second son was born. 
The name John came, we believed from Hugh's oldest brother, John. 

When on March 17, 1860 the third son, the subject of this chapter, came 
to their little newly established home in Lehi, following the "Johnston's Army 
Move", they named him Joseph Pilkington. The Joseph we are sure was for 
the beloved prophet through whom the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ was 
restored in their day. Pilkington was the famous family name of the mother. 
It followed naturally that their last- born son was named Hyrum after the Prophet's 
brother, the Patriarch Hyrum, both martyrs for the truth. The name Henry 
evidently came from Hugh's youngest brother who was about fifteen when Hugh 
left him, his parents, and all the rest of the family in England to gather with 
the saints to Zion. 

I have a vivid memory of beloved Uncle Joseph from my childhood to the day 
we left Salt Lake City for Gila College in Arizona when I was 35 and he 64. 
There was always something rather majestic and solemn about him, which may 
account for the fact that we never called him Uncle Joe. It was always Uncle 
Joseph. When he was about 47 he wrote a short biography of himself, written 
in the third person. He closed it with these words: 

"Being peculiarly sensitive, the trials of life rest somewhat heavily 
upon him, and his days have been marked with much sorrow, seasoned 
sparingly with joys and satisfaction coming to the average mortal. " 

As we recount the days of his years, and the major sorrows and difficulties 
which confronted him, we all sincerely wish that his sorrws could have been 
fewer and less poignant, and that his satisfactions and joys could have been according- 
ly increased. Despite this, - even perhaps partly because of it, - his highly 
successful life was acclaimed and highly esteemed by all who knew him. 

He lived to be 71. He grew up in Virgin; moved with his family to Tropic, 


'Utah, at the age of 33. After fourteen years pioneering in this new settle- 
ment near Bryce Canyon, he moved Iwith his motherless family to Pleasant 
Grove, Utah. He was then 47. He lived in Pleasant Grove for 24 years until 
his death on May 11, 1933. • 

Many of the events of Uncle Joseph's life have already been recounted as 
we have considered the fortunes of the various members of the. family of 
which he was a part. His brief autobiography contains a few appraisals, and 
a list of offices held, moves made and special work performed. We will quote 
a few paragraphs. 

"In 1861 .his father and family were called to the Dixie Mission; making 
their home at Virgin City, Kane County (now Washington County), Utah, 
where they passed through the hardships incident to that country in the 
early days, Indian depredations, the grass hopper wars, deprivations , 
occasioned by lack of agricultral experience, new conditions, etc. " 

His record of dates shows that he received his endowments on October 12, 
1881, married in the same temple on March 21, 1883, at age 23, and "was 
ordained a High Priest and. set apart as Second Counselor to Bishop Leroy M. 
Beebe in the St. George Temple, under the hands of President Wilford Wood- 
ruff (who was then in exile on account of religious persecution). " 

He also lists the dates of his Church service as Assistant Sunday School 
Superintendent, then as Superintendent. He was Presiding Elder in the Tropic 
Branch, Chorister:at the same time, and Ward Clerk for a period of six years. 
He was set apart as First Counselor to Bishop Joseph A. Tippets, April 24, 1904, 
and Theological Department Instructor from May 1, 1904 to July 29, 1906. " 

"Labored for the redemption of the dead in the St. George and Salt Lake 
Temples. " For several years he served as First Counselor to Bishop James 
H. Walker in Pleasant Grove, Utah. 

After listing the offices held during his many years of service as an official 
and leader in the Church, he testifies to his "abiding faith in the work of the 
Master, and in the Divinity of the Prophet Joseph Smith's mission. " His entire 
life demonstrated this conclusion that the gospel of Jesus Christ was supreme 
above all else. 

He continues, "Has buried father, mother, (being left an orphan at 15 years 
of age) sisters, brothers, child and an affectionate and devoted wife (whose 
passing occurred October 16, 1900), and many relatives and friends --- is 
devoted to his family of seven children, who are deprived of a mother's tender 
care, for whom he has fatherly solicitude. " 


His service in civic capacities, his vocational endeavors, and his reaction 
I the tremendous problems and sorrows which confronted him are sketched in 
ie following report prepared and read at a-Hilton Family Reunion by his dauther 
pel. We will now quote extensively from Cousin Ethel's interesting report 
hich reflects the love she and all others of Uncle Joseph's children hold for 

thel Writes of her Father 

"Joseph Hilton was born in Lehi, Utah, March 14, 1860. He was the 
son of Hugh and Isabella Pilkington Frost Hilton. His parents were con- 
verts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from Lancashire, 
England* They had been living in Salt Lake City and were moved to Lehi 
at the time of the Johnston's army invasion. " 

"When Joseph was three years old they were called by President Brigham 
Young to help colonize the Dixie country. They settled in the tiny new 
settlement of Virgin on the Virgin River. The Hilton family found it very 
hard to live in this hot, dry climate after being used to the damp, cool 
English weather. Joseph, his sister Sarah Ann, and brothers John and 
Hyrum were brought up in very meager living conditions. They and their 
friends and neighbors, suffered the hardships of a new and arid country. 
There was a scarcity of water and food, and they were far from pro- 
visions. Grandfather Hugh Hilton ran the grist mill which helped provide 
flour for them. "' 

"I have seen our fathers. John Hyrum and Joseph sit and talk and laugh 
until the tears streamed down their cheeks, at the early experiences 
of life there. They were able to see the funny side of it later, although 
they had their share of sorrow and hardships. " 

"When Joseph was 12 their father died. He was only 52 years old. Their 
Mother died 2 years later when he was only 15. She was 50. They left 
• these 4 orphaned children to get along as best they could. They must 
have been precious souls to do as well as they did in life, "(see page 68) 

"When Joseph was a young man, the Richards family moved to Virgin 
to take care of Mrs. Richards' (Mary Ann Parker) parents, Bishop and 
Mrs. John Parker. Mrs. Richards' husband, Samuel Whitney Richards 
stayed in the north to care for his four other wives and families. (It is 
interesting to note that G-pa Richards married 3 of these ladies in one 
day, Mary Ann being the youngest of the three. She was 16. ) Joseph 
met their lovely daughter, Ellen May (called Nellie), and promptly fell 
in love with her. They were married in the new St. George Temple on 


March 21, 1883. They lived in Virgin for some time. Five of their 8 i 
children were born there. Aunt Alice Isom was the midwife. Charles 
Whitney was their first child. He was named for a much loved half- 
brother. Little Charley was severly burned when he was a baby. His 
burns didn't heal and he had to be taken to Salt Lake City, where his 
left hand was amputated. He later contracted an illness thought to be 
spinal meningitis and died at the age of 22 months. This was a lasting 
sorrow to his parents. Genevieve was born a month later, then Joseph 
Clarence, Ethel May and Ianthus Richards. He often played the violin 
for dances with Clarence chording on the piano. He also sang in the 
choir and acted in home talent shows. He had a keen sense of humor 
and had many witty stories to tell. " 

"In 1893, Joseph and Nellie moved to the little new settlement of 
Tropic, in Garfield County. Here they endured much privation and 
hardship. Father did carpentry work, farmed some, then later ran 
the store and post office. He was active in church and civic affairs. 
He was Superintendent of Sunday School and later 1st Counselor to 
Bishop Alva Tippets. While in Tropic, three more children were 
born to them. Samuel Whitney, named for his maternal grandfather, 
then Verda and Ellen May. Little Ellen May was ooly 9 days old 
when Mother died from childbed fever. This was October 16, 1900. 
This was a terrible tragedy for poor father and for us. He already 
knew from experience the sorrow and hardship of children left with- 
out their mother. He was so badly hurt. " 

"Grandmother Richards came when she got the word, and took the 
tiny baby girl to Salt Lake City and raised her. I went up with them 
that first year, too. "Cousin Mamie," Mary Hunt- -Aunt Sarah Ann's 
daughter- -stayed with father and the family for the first year. After 
Father got the store and Post Office he would go to Salt Lake City at 
Conference in April and October to see the baby and get supplies for 
the store. " 

'The schools were poor in Tropic, so father and Uncle Hyrum de- 
cided to move north to Utah County. In March 1907, they arrived in 
Lindon or Or em where they bought a farm. They sold their land to 
James Duffin and moved into Pleasant Grove. Uncle Hyrum moved to 
Lehi for awhile then went into Idaho. Father worked with the neighbors 
and they finally got the telephone and electricity into their part of the 
town. He farmed, did carpenter work, etc. He was soon active in 
church and community. He helped in many ways. For several years 
he was 1st Counselor to Bishop James H. Walker. He was city record- 
er for 5 years. He was respected and loved by ward members and 


townspeople. He was only 40 years old at the time of Mother's 
death but he never remarried, as he feared it might break up the 
family. This we regret now, but little understood then. The family 
were all married but Verda and DicK when my husband, Everett 
West, died and I moved back home with them. Father said to me 
"Now I feel like 1 am needed, and I feel like life will be worth 
while. " 

"Father loved all good things. He was especially fond of good 
music. He played the violin for dances and Clarence chorded on 
the piano for him. He played the bass violin with the Militia Band 
in Tropic. He sang in the choir. He had a fine bass voice. He act- 
ed in local plays. He had the first Victor talking machine in Tropic 
and also an organ which he played some. He did a lot of Temple 
work. He and Uncle John spent one winter in Salt Lake City work- 
ing in the Temple together. " 

"About 1910 while he was building a barn for Bishop J. H. Walker, 
a board he was sitting on broke and he fell 25 feet to the ground, 
landing on his neck and back. This nearly caused his death and 
he never got entirely over it. He had severe migraine or "Hilton" 
headaches throughout his life. He was never strong in body. He 
was bed ridden in March of 1931. After 8 weeks of suffering he 
died on May 11th at the age of 71. He is buried in the Pleasant 
Grove Cemetery." 

"He was often called the father of the ward. The last place he 
went was to administer to a sick neighbor. She got well and still 
lives (age approximately 90 as of March 28, 1963. ) Much good 
was said of him at the funeral. His sister-in-law asked "Why 
didn't your father tell us these things? We didn't know them. " 
I told her that wasn't his way. He was always humble and self- 
effacing. We are so proud of him and of the way he overcame his 
obstacles. " 

Double Cousins" 

By marrying Ellen May Richards, daughter of Samuel W. Richards and 
Mary Ann Parker, Uncle Joseph's children are our "double cousins. " This 
comes about since John Parker was the father of Mary Ann and also of my 
mother Maria Parker and Uncle Joseph and my father John Hugh were brothers. 

I remember her when I was very young, as the beautiful, refined companion 
of my greatly admired uncle Joseph. Aunt "Nellie" as we knew her sang beauti- 


fully and was dressed immaculately, 1 recall the deep sorrow in our "home" 
which we were trying to establish in Abraham where we had moved a few 
months before the sad news of her death reached us. The next 1 saw of Uncle 
Joseph and his family was shortly after they moved to Pleasant Grove. At 
that time (1908) I was a high school student for one half year at the Brigham 
Young Academy in Prove. 

He Tak es "Pen in Hand " 

With but scant opportunity for formal education, Uncle Joseph became an 
able self-educated men, an excellent penman and bookkeeper. He left for us 
a few samples of his original writing. His "Narrow Escape -- A Real Ex- 
perience" -- was written about a year after his marriage. The poem "Then 
and Now or Retrospect" reflects his feelings in later years when he revisited 
Virgin. As a final conclusion, we will present Uncle Joe's "Thoughts for My 
Children. " 

A Narrow Escape -- A Real Experience 

"Coming from Grafton, Washington County, Utah, where Sarah Ann, 
CarriL', Nellie, baby Charley, Belle, Georgie, Mary and myself had 
been visiting April 20, 1884, we met with a serious accident." 

"Coming into the Virgin River from the south side, we ran into a 
deep hole, where "Happy Jack" one of the horses, balked when the 
water ran into our wagon between the upper and lower beds. After 
trying in vain to make them go, I leaped into the water which struck 
me directly under the breast (or on the lower part of the breast). 1 
proceeded to evacuate the wagon of its cargo. " 

"First I took Baby Charles Whitney and laid him on the bank of the 
river, next taking Nellie, my wife, next Belle and Mary, next Georgie, 
next Carrie and lastly Sarah Ann, my sister. When 1 got within a short 
distance of the wagon it capsized and I told Sarah Ann to jump, which 
she did. I caught her and took her to shore- -she tried to catch a valise 
that was going down and fell in again, and once again, 1 lodged her 
safely on the shore. " 

"Meanwhile the wagon and horses were rolling over and over in the 
rapid current of the stream getting entangled and getting their heads 
under water: "Happy Jack" never again breathing, but shortly after 
was a lifeless carcass," 

"While I was cutting the harness from the other horse, who went on 
the south side of the river and was saved. The wagon was rescued 


next morning, with difficulty from the angry waters. There was 
some loss of the horse, a valise, two quilts, one blanket, one shawl, 
two comforters, a coat and vest and some baby clothes that were in 
the valise- -while barely escaping with our own lives. " 

"It was with much difficulty that 1 reached shore with them all on 
account of their great excitement and also being very weak from 
exertion on my part. Although we feel to acknowledge the hand of 
the Lord in our deliverance. " 

"Then and Now, or Retrspect 

1 traversed again the old town over, Once more 1 stood 

by the old homestead. 
I lived again with the loved ones of yore, And wept once 

more for the long since dead. 

The old walnut and the tamerack tree, Mute sentinels stood 

by the garden gate, 
Near the hallowed spot so dear to me, Where once was our 

home and our first estate. 

With a sad, sad heart I surveyed the spot Where passed 

many days of life's brief span; 
The cottage was gone, but will ne'er be forgot. Twas 

there our life's dual journey began. 
My mind delved deep in the misty past, while orbs peered 

out from each nook and glen, 
And phantoms glide by fleet and fast As 1 lived o'er the days 

of my youth again. 

Through the vistas of time mine eyes did see Dear forms 

whom history's pages knew. 
The rapture of childhood pure and free And the fruits of 

the sage's vision, too. 

I saw in my reverie scenes of mirth, Beheld those of 

sadness, grief and pain; 
Saw the dear old town in it's days of worth, And the actors 

of yore play their parts again. 

From a seeming entrance I awoke, And sad sweet memories 

1 recall. 
The phantoms vanish, the spell is broke. T'was a retro- 
spection , that is all. 


O Virgin, thy portals with remembrance swell Of the joys 

and sorrows of bygone years. 
Vacant homes doth a story of sacrifice tell, And of buried 

hopes and of parting tears. 

Thy confines were meager, inhabitants few, Yet thy span 

marked the bounds of a world to me. 
Rugged hills now watch o'er and protect thee, too. And 

their silence is as deep as eternity. 

Farewell, beloved hills, constant vigil keep. Goodbye, 

dear old Virgin, my native sod. 
Thy passing portends that final sleep Whence all must 

await the trump of God. 

The shadows lengthen my path grows dim, I've wandered 

from early scenes far and wide. 
At the Master's call we'll return to Him, And soon we 

will meet on the other side. " 

'Joseph Hilton's Life Sketch" 

"Advantages for secular learning were very crude and meager in the early 
hard times of Dixie, but being of a studious nature, the major part of his 
limited education, which is essentially practical, has been acquired during 
the interval from mature manhood to the present; that his first Sunday School 
teachings were from such "text books" as the old time "bluebacked" Elementary 
Spelling Book, and similar works. Consecutive reading and spelling character- 
izing the exercise, but little of religious training entering into the regular class 
work. Standard church works being very scarce. That he has labored almost 
constantly in the Sunday School for upwards of twenty- eight years. ' 

"Thoughts for My Children" 

1. Regard first and always God above all beings. 

2. Be consistent in all things religious and secular. 

3. Esteem highly the friendship of good men, but rather 
the approval of God than the praise of all the world. 

4. We are neither good nor bad by reason of what men say 
of us. What is thought of us is reputation, what we are 
is character. 

5. Better deserve the good will of men and never have it, 
than to forever have and never deserve it. 


6. Is this my last day on earth? Possibly not, but I 
shall live as though it were. 

7. Rather control myself than conquer a nation. 

8. How may I leave the world better by having lived in 
it? Not by giving pleasure to the mirthful, nor money 
to the rich, but by pouring a healing balm into the 
wounded heart and giving alms to the poor. 

9. There was a moment here just now full of possibilities, 
but it is gone forever and has taken with it my thought, 
my word, my act, and it will never return that I may 
efface either. 

10. Say truthfully, I desire the injury of no living soul. 


Hyrum Henry Hilton 

Sarah Jane LeFevre Hilton 

The three children: (1. to r. ) Charles Thomas, Sadie Effie, Hyrum 






The family of Hugh Hilton and his wife Isabella Pilkington Frost had been 
living in Virgin City for six years when their little daughter Isabella aged 
approximately one year passed away. Hers was the first grave in the Hilton 
plot in the little cemetery on the sandy brush-covered hill just above and 
close by the little town. Having lost their little girl, how doubly precious 
must have been little Hyrum Henry, their four- year old son. He was born 
in Virgin February 24, 1863, and was the youngest of the four surviving 
children. The eldest, Hugh named after his father, had died in infancy in 
Salt Lake City and now little Isabella named after her mother was gone! 

The name Hyrum Henry was highly regarded by them. How appropirate 
it was to name their last born son after the revered martyr Hyrum Smith, 
brother of the Prophet Joseph, and also after Henry, the youngest brother 
of Hugh, who at age fifteen was the youngest of the family to bid a final good- 
bye to him when he left his native land to "gather to Zion. " 

I regret that it was not my good fortune to know Uncle Hyrum as well as 
I knew Uncle Joseph. This was due to the fact that he moved to Idaho and 
we got but a brief acquaintance with him only on the too few occasions when 
our busy lives crossed. I would like to contribute more than I can to this 
brief record of this good man's life. 

His early life until he was ten and a half was spent under the loving watch 
care and faithful teachings of his parents. By the time he was old enough to 
remember, life in the Hilton household was at its best. The health of the 
parents and the sister and two brothers was at that time generally good and 
the family table was spread liberally with the unexcelled products of their 
farm, orchard, garden and barn yard. Their neighbors and fellow Latter - 
Day Saints in the little town of Virgin were friendly and diligent in church 
duties and homemaking and vocational activities. There was also some time 
set aside for school and for recreational activities. They were a hard-work- 
ing and happy family, thankful for their many blessings. 



This favorable condition was rudely changed when in 1873 the first of 
two major disasters disrupted the family. The father Hugh, aged 52, died. 
The second blow, mericfully postponed for approximately two years, fell 
suddenly June 4, 1875 when Isabella the mother died at age fifty. At this 
time the boy's sister Sarah Ann had been married about six months, but 
the three orphan boys were left alone. Hyrum was then twelve and a third 
years old. His next older brother, Joseph, was fifteen and a fourth and 
John the eldest was seventeen and a half. 

We have already seen how their married sister Sarah Ann and her husband i] 
came and lived with them for a short time, shortly before her baby came, 
when she moved and Evelyn Mathews a faithful white-raised young Indian 
woman came and kept house for them. Seven years later when John married 
my mother Maria Parker Hilton, she from that time kept the home and Hyrum 
and Joseph lived with them until they married --Joseph in 1883 and Hyrum in 
1888. There were times during these years when Hyrum had grown older 
when he was away working and taking part in various activities. Some of these 
experiences are sketched by his daughter Effie as follows: 

His Daughter Effie Reports 

— ■ ■ ■ ■ , 

"At the time the Logan Temple was under construction, Hyrum went 
up there to get work. He was hired by a Bishop to haul logs from the 
canyon for the Temple. On one of these trips he was alone and coming 
down the canyon with his load of logs when the reach of the wagon broke. 
His load tipped over and his head was badly bruised and cut. He real- 
ized that it was nearly dar*c and there was no one to help him. After 
hours of painful work he managed to get the logs reloaded and after 
reparing the reach as best he could, the horses continued their journey 
down the rest of the canyon, of necessity going very slowly because of 
the broken reach. Finally, far into the night, Hyrum drove into the 
Bishop's yard and unhitched the horses and went to the Bishop's door." 

"Shortly after this, Hyrum was traveling alone in Arizona hauling 
produce over a seldom traveled road. He was a long way from any 
settlement, when he saw in the distance a band of Indians coming to- 
ward him. 'Well, this is the end of my days, ' he thought. T can't 
possibly escape this time. ' The Indians drew near and part of them 
dismounted and began searching his wagon while the others stayed 
on their horses and drew near the front of the wagon. Two came up 
close to him and eyed him closely. His gun was under the wagon 


seat at his feet but he did not reach for it, just kept his eyes on 
the two who were guarding him. Evidently not finding what they 
expected, they mounted their horses, one gave a grunt, and they 
rode away. Attempting to appear calm and unafraid, he let his 
team of horses take their own gait until he was sure the Indians 
could not see his dust, then he loped them all the way into the 
next settlement. " 


"Hyrum Henry Hilton and Sarah Jane Le Fevre were married in 
St. George Temple on January 11, 1888. She was the youngest 
daughter of Thomas Le Fevre and Susannah Davenport. She was 
born in Parawan, Utah on January 10, 1871. At the death of her 
mother, when 'Sadie' as she was called was ten days old, her 
maternal grandmother, Ann Davenport Lowder and her husband, 
Jesse Lowder, took her to care for. This famliy moved from 
Parawan to Virgin City where Sadie grew up and where in time 
she and Hyrum fell in love. After their marriage Hyrum bought 
a home for them in Virgin. Grandmother Lowder, who was a 
widow now, lived with them. Their three children were born in 
Virgin. Charles Thomas, the eldest, was named for his father's 
half-brother Uncle 'Charley' and his maternal grandfather, Thomas 
Le Fevre. Sadie Effie was named for her mother and for her Aunt 
Sarah Ann's daughter cousin Mary (Mamie) Effie Hunt Skeem. 
Hyrum, the youngest, was named for his father." 

"Hyrum and Sadie worked in the Ward organizations in Virgin and 
Hyrum was manager of the Ward dances. " 

The Move to Tropic 

"After five years of married life in Virgin, the family moved to 
Garfield County to a little new town, Tropic, arriving there July 
14, 1893. Hyrum and Joseph his brother made this move at the same 
time. There was much pioneering and many hardships to be endured 
in this remote Mormon settlement near Cedar Breaks in Utah. A 
branch of the church was first set up and the Tropic Ward was later 
organized May 23, 1895. Hyrum was chosen second counselor to 
our closest neighbor, Bishop Andrew J. Hansen. Besides working 
in this capacity Hyrum aided in the work of the Priesthood Quorums, 
in Sunday School and in the Mutual Improvement organizations He 
was also very active in civic duties. He was Trustee on the School 
Board, Secretary-Treasurer of the Tropic Irrigation Company, 


served in the Militia and was Constable. Sadie, his wife, was 
also active in Sunday School Class work, Primary work, was 
Secretary-Treasurer and later president of the Young Ladies 
Mutual Improvement Association. A few years later she was 
very active in Relief Society and held positions of Secretary- 
Treasurer and president. Both Hyrum and Sadie devoted a good 
portion of their time to Church and civic duties. " 

Mission to Great Britain 

"While serving as Bishop's counselor, Hyrum received a call 
to serve on a mission to Great Britain. To obtain money enough 
to taice him to his field of labor it was necessary for him to rent 
out his farm, to sell his team of horses, the farm wagon and all 
his farm machinery. On February 17, 1899 he departed for his 
mission. " 

"He was assigned to work in Ireland which at first was a disa- 
ppointment to him, because he wanted to go to England to get 
family genealogy. He developed a deep abiding love for the Irish, 
with their friendliness and genuine hospitality. It was a joy for 
him to do missionary work in Belfast, Dublin and in their vicinities. 
One real disappointing thing happened. When he received his call, 
he was told if he could just get enough money to take him to Great 
Britain, then he could travel without purse or script. He soon found 
it was unlawful in Great Britain to do missionary work that way. So, 
Sadie got busy and clerked in the general merchandise store in 
Tropic for $10. 50 per month. This helped to keep her missionary 
out and to feed and clothe her three children. Soon after she began 
to work in the store, she was asked to sell liquor and wine. She 
stoutly refused, saying, 'My husband is out on his mission trying 
to save souls and I'm not going to damn more souls here with these 
intoxicating drinks than he can save there. ' She was never again 
asked to sell it." 

"It was in 1900, while her husband was away, that Sadie served as 
President of the Relief Society. This was a huge undertaking, with 
no doctor in the town, no hospital, no undertaker's parlor, no dress 
shops. All these services had to be taken care of by the Relief Society. 
During the school year (1900-1901) Sadie taught the first grade in the 
Tropic School, at a salary of twelve dollars a month for seven months^ 
and clerked in the store during the remaining time. " 


"The last six months of Hyrum's mission he was transferred to 
England. Oh, what a joy it was to him. To his surprise he found 
some real live flesh and blood relatives, both on his mother's 
and his father's lines. They made it possible for him to get 
names of his relatives for hundreds of years back. In Bolton, 
Manchester, and in their vicinities he found relatives on his 
father's line, the Hiltons, and on his mother's line, the Pilking- 
tons. He found the widow of Uncle Ralph Hilton who made him 
welcome. He visited her as often as he had time, but finally she 
said, 'I am soon going to Uncle Ralph and if you trouble me any 
more with your religion I shall tell him that his nephew came and 
worried me about his religion until I could not sleep at nights. ' 
Hyrum's reply was: 'Yes, do tell Uncle Ralph, and be sure to 
tell him that his nephew left his wife and three little children in 
America to come here and bring you the gospel and you would not 
listen.' " 

"While visiting his cousin Alice Green, she showed him a Bible 
that was at that time four hundred years old. She gave her con- 
sent for him to copy the names of some Hilton relatives from it. 
He met the distinguished J. Hilton Duckworth, a professional 
Cricketer. He was also manager of the Dolphin Hotel in Fore- 
shore, Scarborough. One of his uncles took him to meet other 
relatives in the vicinity. " 

"Hyrum was so grateful to have the opportunity to see her Majesty, 
Queen Victoria. He always honored and respected this superior 
lady for the blessing she has been to mankind. She it was who got 
laws passed making it unlawful to work a child in England longer than 
eight hours a day. His father, Hugh Hilton, when he was a very young 
child, worked in the brewery in England and never got to see his 
home by day light. He had to go to work while it was still dark in 
the morning and it was dark when he returned home at night. If he 
came late to work he was sent back without any pay or was beaten. " 

"Hyrum received his release from his mission on March 14, 1901. 
After the last visit to his relatives, saints, investigators and friends, 
he boarded the ship for his beloved America and Utah, where his 
loved ones resided. As the ship moved out over the waves, as far 
back as one could see the saints and missionaries were waving 
their handkerchiefs and singing, 'God Be With You Till We Meet 
Again. ' When he could no more hear the last strains and the kind 
farewells, he bade a final good-bye to all the kind hearts who 
had befriended him, and to dear old England's shores." 


I will interrupt Cousin Effie's narrative at this point to tell of my 
memory of Uncle Hyrum's picture and Articles of Faith card that he sent 
from England to my parents. I was then about ten years of age and re- 
member how proud everyone was of my Uncle Hyrum as they looked at 
his' handsome picture and the card with his name on it. Especially my 
parents wondered if he would be able to convert and bring back with him 
some of the relatives of my grandparents.. 

It is quite a jump forward fifty years, but that was the time that had 
passed before another Hilton was again in Lancashire, England as a 
Mormon missionary. Three of us, my wife Ruth, daughter Patricia, and 
I, were therefrom 1950 to 1953, and we, too, hunted for our relatives 
with some but not great success. We often longed for the genealogical 
material that Uncle Hyrum had gathered and many years later filed "for 
safe keeping" with the Utah Genealogical Society and by them lost. We 
have a letter admitting that they received it but despite repeated search- 
ing could not now find it. 

Now continuing with Effie's report — 

"When Father arrived home from his mission to Great Britain, he 
had neither horses nor farm machinery to work with, so he had 
to leave home again to get work on the railroad. " 

"About this time his father-in-law and his second wife came from 
California to visit their daughter, Sadie, their son-in-law, Hyrum, 
and the grandchildren. The children, except Charles the eldest one, 
had never seen their Grandfather and Grandmother before. Grand- 
father made up his mind that he wanted to return to California with 
a team of horses and a wagon, over the same trail he once traveled 
while freighting between Parowan and San Bernardino, California in 
the early days of Utah. He persuaded Hyrum and Sadie to take them 
with our team of horses and wagon. This trip was a long-to-be-re- 
membered one. Each evening by campfire Grandfather related to 
us incidents that had happened on the route we had traveled that day. 
He told of Indian ambush surprises, of their attacking the freight- 
ers, and of the many scalps that hung from the chiefs belt. We 
traveled through the Death Valley country and saw the Borax Mines 
there. It was a wonderful experience. When we reached Fallbrook, 
California, Sadie saw her two brothers and two sisters whom she 
had not seen since she was old enough to remember. " 


Move to Idaho 

"After living for fourteen years in Tropic Hyrum, Sadie and family 
moved to Salem, Idaho in August, 1907. Our Tropic Bishop, Andrew 
J. Hansen, encouraged Father to follow his example and move to 
Idaho where one could easily get a good start, where land and water 
were plentiful and soil was rich. After a trip to Idaho to investigate, 
Father bought a home in Salem just three miles from Ricks College. " 

"In 1912 Andrew J. Hansen and Joseph U. Jolley, former Bishops of 
Tropic, with Hyrum and two of his children, also two of Brother 
Hansen's children, decided to get homesteads under the Homestead 
Act. This had been recently made operative for that part of Idaho. 
Our Homestead was about twelve miles north and west of Rexburg. 
The lava soil was productive and Hyrum raised some of the finest 
wheat and the biggest Russet potatoes one can imagine. The rains, 
however, did not continue and there was not enough moisture. After 
three or four years, the land became good only for grazing. This 
land was sold to the sheep men. " 

"Hyrum and Sadie then went back to their home in Salem, and their 
three children- -by now grown to maturity- -all went to Ricks Normal 
College and two of them graduated from this church school. This 
was a source of great satisfaction to our parents. " 

"In 1925 Hyrum received a call to serve a short term mission to 
the Central States. He worked in Olatha, Kansas, and surrounding 
places; also in Independence, Missouri. After serving for four 
months, he was released March 31, 1926. " 

"A later tabulation of church service of the various members of 
this family showed Hyrum H. Hilton serving as Mutual Improvement 
Instructor, instructor in Sunday School, Secretary of the High 
Priest's Quorum; Sadie as Counselor in the YWMIA, Secretary 
and teacher and Topic Leader; Hyrum, Jr. as President of the 
YMMIA; Charles as Superintendent of Sunday School and Stake 
Secretary of Religion Class; Effie as teacher in the YWMIA and 
Primary and also in stake board work. " 

"Hyrum' s civic duties included member of Sugar-Salem School 
Board and Secretary-Treasurer of Salem-Teton Irrigation District. 
In this capacity he demonstrated one of his sterling qualities. He 
kept the money allotted to him for work done in a separate fund 
and from it he paid the assessments of the widows in this irri - 


gation district. No one except Sadie, his wife, was let in on the 
secret. She told just one member of her family during her last 
sickness. His good deeds were never done to receive earthly 
honor and the praise of men. " 

"He was highly regarded by all who knew him. Those who knew 
him best valued him most. One of our ward members in the 
Salem Ward said to another member, 'The man I would rather 
hear preach than any other is Brother Hyrum Hilton; he is a living 
sermon; he practices what he preaches. ' The man was not aware 
of any member of the Hilton family hearing him. " 


Effie, the only daughter of Hyrum Henry Hilton, closes her brief 
sketch of her father's life with these words: 

"Our father Hyrum was the great missionary of the Hugh 
Hilton family. He left his home on two occasions to serve in 
the mission field. The Hyrum Hilton family have served a 
total of eleven missions for the church. " 

"Our father Hyrum had a very keen understanding of human 
nature. The sorrows and trials he endured throughout his life 
served to make him more sympathetic with others, especially 
those who had hardships and trials to go through. People trusted 
him and sought his help. As an example, a neighbor boy came 
to him and asked for money to make a payment on his car. 
Father gave him the money because the boy had no father to 
help him, and he had asiced for it like a man, and father said 
that he would rather give it to him than to have the boy attempt 
to steal it. Father was always ready to lend a helping hand to 
young men in our neighborhood who had many acres of beets to 
thin, or potatoes to plant. He often helped in the fall during 
harvest time. He was always ready to help another in need. " 

"Everywhere he lived, everyone loved and respected this good 
man for his profound love of justice and honor. He loved peace 
and tranquility; turmoil and discord were not pleasing to him. 
He loved all the finer things in life- -beautiful music, beautiful 
flowers, beautiful poetry and scenery. " 

"He had three children, ten grandchildren, twenty-four 
great grandchildren, and seven great, great grandchildren. . 


Direct descendants number forty-four, besides his wife 
and twenty others who married into the family. " (See 
Chapter 16). 

"May his children, grandchildren and all his descendants follow 
the worthy example of this honorable man." 

"He passed away August 10, 1936 at the age of seventy-three. 
Interment was in the Rexburg City Cemetery. " The descendants 
of Uncle Hyrum and Aunt Sadie now number 44 . The details 
of the family and the names of those who descend from them are 
shown in chronological order in Chapter 16. 

His youngest son, Hyrum Hilton, who bears his father's name, adds 
a note indicating his father's sense of humor and some of his "working 
rules of life" as follows; 

"Whenever asked if he was a relative of a certain mentioned 
Hilton, he would always reply, 'What kind of fellow is he? If he 
is really good, of course, he is our relative. ' 

"One must be more than just good- -one must be good for something! 

"With all your getting- -get understanding! Get as much learning 
as you can use, but not to outdo another, either spiritually or 
economically. Each man is your brother and should not be taken 
advantage of. " 

"In using a tool or piece of machinery he would say, 'Always 
clean it up and put it where it belongs when you are through with 
it, and then you can find it ready for use when you want it. " 

"He was very fond of horses and cows. He would say, 'They should 
never be abused. Always take care of them and they will take care 
of you. ' " 

"Father had many set-backs, by being taken advantage of, but I 
never knew of him gaining profit or advantage at the expense of 
another. He would say, 'Take your brother with you to new 
successes. ' 



We are indebted to Annie's son Verdell and his ahle wife Dana for the excel- 
lent summary of all the families which trace back to Hugh our grandfather. 
This arduous labor was first begun by Annie and she has continued to super- 
vise and encourage all who have assisted to make this vital chapter possible. 

As will be noted the families are arranged in chronical order beginning with 
Hugh himself and ending with the marriage of Nita Ruth Hilton (Farrell) 9 Aug 
19o3. A few families are incomplete due to lack of pertinent information. All 
heads of families are also listed in the general index beginning on page 138. 



HUGH HILTON-1 10 July 1821, died 19 September 1873 - md. Jane 
Hewett- b. about 1819, d. 1851 


1. Robert Hilton, d. infant 

2. William Hilton, d. infant 

3. Charles Hewett Hilton, d. infant 

4. Charles Hewett Hilton, b. 1847, d. 1875 

5. William Henry Hilton, b. 1850, d. 1851 

I. CHARLES HEWETT HILTON md. Annie Lovina Johnson 
b. 7 Sept. 1852, d. 1935 


1. Editha Jane Hilton, b. 1870 

1. EDITHA JANE HILTON md. Franklin Cheney 1886 


1. Edith Lovina Cheney b. 1888 d. 1940 

2. Charles Franklin Cheney (d. infant) 

3. Leo Hilton Cheney b. 1896 

4. John Hugh Cheney b. 1898 

5. Vernon Elam Cheney b. 1901 

6. Jesse Wimmer Cheney b. 1904 

7. Ronald Aaron Cheney b. 1907 

8. Arah Cheney (d. infant) 

1. EDITH LOVINA CHENEY md. Francis LeRoy Cheney 1912 


1. Vao LeRoy Cheney b. 1915 

2. Ilda Vee Cheney b. 1917 

3. Lyle Rue Cheney b. 1919 

1. VAO LEROY CHENEY md. Gladys Hazel Smithen 1937 


1. 'Patricia Sue Cheney b. 1943 

2. Diane Gale Cheney b. 1948 

3. Bonnie Gay Cheney b 1956 

2. ILDA VEE CHENEY md. Dean Herbert Starr 1912 


1. Michael Dean Starr b. 1947 

2. Judith Ann Starr b. 1950 

3. Janet Vee Starr b. 1952 

4. Linda Jo Ann Starr b. 1957 

3. LYLE LARUE CHENEY md. (1) Dorothy E. Vochatzer md. 1940 


1. Linda Karene Cheney b. 1941 

2. Bruce Lyle Cheney B. 1943 

1. LINDA KARENE CHENEY md. Dennis Cates 1960 

3. LYLE LARUE CHENEY md. Zita Schuckman 



1. Sherry Paula Cheney b. 1948 

2. Lorey Claudelle Cheney b. 1949 

3. Mark Adele Cheney b. 1950 

4. Debra Diane Cheney b. 1955 

3. LEO HILTON CHENEY md. Allie Jensen 1916 


1. LaMar Hilton Cheney b. 1917 

2. Arnold Neldon Cheney b. 1919 

3. Inez Allene Cheney b. 1920 

4. Edith Helena Cheney b. 1922 

1. LAMAR HILTON CHENEY md. Selma Mae Zetteck 1939 

1. Vicki Joann Cheney b. 1947 

2. Lee Hilton Cheney b. 1956 

2. ARNOLD NELDON CHENEY md. Verda Ella Burbank 

1. Timothy Burbank Cheney b. 1947 

2. Ronal Burbank Cheney b. 1949 

3. Steven Burbank Cheney b. 1 952 

4. Lynn Burbank Cheney b. 1957 

3. INEZ ALLENE CHENEY md. Sterling Bolton Rich 

1. Sterling Cheney Rich b. 1945 

4. EDITH HELENA CHENEY md. Earl Alma Heward 


1. Edith Radean Heward b. 1939 

2. Linda Clarice Heward b. 1941 

3. Haldon Earl Heward b. 1944 

4. Harley LaMar Heward b. 1945 

5. Joseph Wesley Heward b. 1954 

6. Russell Paul Heward b. 1957 

4. JOHN HUGH CHENEY md. Ruta Libby Cheney. 1920 


1. Harold Hugh Cheney b. 1921 

2. Harlow Frank Cheney b. 1923 

3. Garth Wayne Cheney b. 1927 

4. Ruth Isabella Cheney b. 1930 

1. HAROLD HUGH CHENEY md. Lila Banner 1921 


1. Darwin LeRoy Cheney b. 1940 

2. Darrell Lee Cheney b. 1943 

3. Dennis Ray Cheney b. 1945 

4. Danny Kay Cheney b. 1948 

5. Girl Cheney (Stillborn) b. 1942 

- -Ill- 

6. Duane Dee Cheney b. 1951 

7. Don Wesley Cheney b. 1953 

8. DeAnn Cheney b. 1957 

2. HARLOW FRANK CHENEY md. LaRue Heiner 1947 


1. Patricia Cheney b. 1947 

2. Harlow Frank Cheney b. 1950 

3. Sally Ann Cheney b. 1953 

4. Melanie Cheney b. 1960 

3. GARTH WAYNE CHENEY md. Jeanne Nelson (1) (div) 

1. Marsha Ann Cheney b. 1948 

4. RUTH ISABELLA CHENEY md. Jack B. Hurd 1951 

1. Ruth Hurd b. 1952 

2. Jack W. Hurd b. 1954 

3. Dick H. Hurd b. 1958 

4. Bill C, Hurd b. 1961 

5. VERNON ELAM CHENEY md. (1) Emma Tagget 


1. Vernal Cheney 

2. Dora Cheney b„ 1926 

5 VERNON ELAM CHENEY md. (2) Eloise R 

1. David Lee Cheney b. 1933 

6. JESSE WIMMER CHENEY md. Elizabeth Ann Shepherd 1931 

1. Jesse Walton Cheney b. 1937 

7. RONALD AARON Cheney md. Naomi Marchant 1932 

1. Ronald Alan Cheney b. 1933 

2. Dona Irene Cheney b. 1934 

3. Annette Cheney b. 1936 

4. La Von Cheney b. 1938 

5. Mark Franklin Cheney b. 1945 

1. RONALD ALAN CHENEY, Jr. md. Evelyn Hugill 1951 

1. Kelli Lin Cheney 1955 

2. DONA IRENE CHENEY md. (1) Ronald Stanley Vier 

2. DONA IRENE CHENEY md. (2) Charles Frances Belgrade 
2. DONA IRENE CHENEY md. (3) Norman Davis Nuhn I960 

Children: _ Q 

1. Mark Stephen Nuhn (legally adopted) b. 1958 

2. Danielle Sue Nuhn b c 1960 

3. Bradford Cole Nuhn b. 1961 


3. ANNETTE CHENEY md. (1) Ray Myron Telford 1951 

1. John Alan Telford b. 1953 

3. ANNETTE CHENEY md. (2) John Ted Hansen 1954 

1. Michael Ted Hansen b. 1955 

2. Katherine Gayle Hansen b« 1956 

3. Kevin Aaron Hansen b. 1959 

4. Kenneth Wayne Hansen b. 1960 

5. Miles Franklin Hansen b. 1961 

4. LA VON CHENEY md. Andrew Chris Merrit Baker 1956 

1. Ronnie Vince Baker b. 1957 

2. Debra Christine Baker 

3. Andrew Chris Merrit Baker Junior 

HUGH HILTON md (2) Isabella Pilkington b. 30 January 1825 d. 
5 June 1875 


L Hugh Hilton Junior b. 1853 d 1854 

2. Sarah Ann Hilton b. 1855 d 1890 

3. John Hugh Hilton b. 1857 d 1948 

4. Joseph Pilkington Hilton b. 1860 d. 1931 

5. Hyrum Henry Hilton b. 1863 d. 1936 

6. Isabella Jane Hilton 1866 d. 1867 

II. SARAH ANN HILTON md (1) George Jefferson Hunt 1874 

1. Lydia Isabell Hunt b. 1875 d. 1931 

2. George Hugh Hunt b. 1877 d. 1951 

3. Mary Effie Hunt b. 1881 d. 1904 

1. LYDIA ISABELL HUNT md. Virgil William Kelly 1895 

1. Philip Hilton Kelly b. 1897 

2. Lydia Abiah Kelly b. 1898 

3. George Kelly b. 1900 d. 1900 

4. Oscar Virgil Kelly b. 1901 

5. Mandy Kelly b. 1904 

6. Vivian Clement Kelly b. 1906 d. 1962 

7. Ralph Kelly b. 1909 

8. Sarah Marylyn Kelly b. 1911 d. 1932 

9. Mary Roann Kelly b. 1913 
10. Donna Belle Kelly b. 1915 

1. PHILLIP HILTON KELLY md. Selina Frampton 

1. Maribell Kelly b. 1920 

2. Bonnie Jean Kelly b. 1925 


"1. MARIBELL KELLY md. Winslow Harrison Murray 1946 

1. Timothy Winslow Murray b. 1946 

2. Suzanne Dale Murray b. 1947 

3. Kathleen Jan Murray b„ 1954 

2. BONNIE JEAN KELLY md. Wallace Rodell De Pew 1948 

1. Thomas Rodell De Pew b Q 1949 

2. James Hilton De Pew b. 1951 

3. John Wallace De Pew (d. infant) 

2. LYDIA ABIAH KELLY md. Hilding Hjalmar Sjostrom 1922 

1. Virgie Sjostrom b. 1923 

2. Helen Adelle Sjostrom (d. early) b. 1925 d. 1941 

3. Norman Marcus Sjostrom b. 1927 

1. VIRGIE MARIA SJOSTROM md. John Richard Murray 1948 

lo James Hilding Murray b. 1949 

2. John Richard Murray Junior b. 1951 

3. William Bradley Murray b. 1953 

4. Douglas Alan Murray b. 1955 

3. NORMAN MARCUS SJOSTROM md. Faye E. Rainsdon 1962 

4. OSCAR VIRGIL KELLY md. Inez Iva Thompson 1923 

1. James Virgil Kelly b. 1924 

2. Velora Dawn Kelly b. 1927 

3. Oscar Ladd Kelly b. 1929 

4. Robert Lee Kelly (d. infant) 

5. Inez Ann Kelly b. 1939 

1. JAMES VIRGIL KELLY md. Betty Joan Black 1948 

1. Steven Layne Kelly b. 1951 

2. Starr Elizabeth Kelly b. 1953 

3. Saralee Kelly b. 1958 

2. VALORA DAWN KELLY md. Venor Wright Moody 1944 

1. Michael Dennis Moody b. 1945 

2. Dawn Moody b. 1947 d. 1947 

3. Charalyn Dawn Moody b. 1948 

4. Patricia Jo Moody b. 1953 

3. OSCAR LADD KELLY md. Ann Page 1956 

1. Karla Ann Kelly b. 1957 

2. Maurine Inez Kelly b. 1959 


5. INEZ ANN KELLY md. Daryl Mahonri Cropper 1956 

1. Kelly Ann Cropper b. 1957 

2. Katherine Lyn Cropper b„ 1958 

3. Julie Kay Cropper b. 1960 
4 Karyl Jill Cropper b. 1961 

5. MANDY KELLY md. Bert L„ Schneider 1926 

1. Kenneth Ray Schneider b. 1927 

2. Patty Louise Schneider (d. infant) b. 1929 d. 1932 

3. Doris Mae Schneider b. 1934 

1. KENNETH RAY SCHEIDER md. Blanche Duvivier 1959 

1. Leslie Alyn Schneider b. 1960 

2. Lowell Alexis Schneider b. 1962 

3. DORIS MAE SCHNEIDER md. Christopher G. Delgado 1955 

1. Koren Delgado b. 1956 

2. Kim Delgado b. 1957 

3. Karri Delgado b. 1960 

4. Kristine S. Delgado b. 1962 

6. VIVIAN CLEMENT KELLY (unmarried) 

7. RALPH KELLY md. Alice Marie Dillard 1931 

1. Peggy Joan Kelly b. 1935 

2. Marilyn Marie Kelly b. 1936 

3. Patricia Lynn Kelly b 1942 

4. Kathleen Alice Kelly b. 1950 

1. PEGGY JOAN KELLY md. Ted LeRay Larsen 1957 

2. MARILYN MARIE KELLY md. Arthur Edward Everett 1959 

3. PATRICIA LYNN KELLY md. Keith Thomas Riffle 1963 

8. SARAH MARYLYN KELLY md. Lawrence Bishop 

9. MARY ROANN KELLY md. Claude Wallace Hogge 1934 

1. Wallace Dan Hogge b. 1935 

2. Richard Hilton Hogge b. 1936 

3. Ralph Louis Hogge b. 1944 

1. WALLACE DAN HOGGE md. Ronetta Stowers 1955 

10. DONNA BELL KELLY md. Frank Hostetter 1937 

1. Sally Dee Hostetter b. 1942 

2. Kenneth Frank Hostetter b. 1945 


1. SALLY DEE HOSTETTER mde. Howard Cadenhead 1962 

2. GEORGE HUGH HUNT md. Fanny Sophia Bennett 1905 

1. Isabell Jane Hunt d. infant b. 1906 

2. Melba Bernice Hunt b. 1909 

3. Jefferson Duane Hunt b. 1911 

4. Eda Zatell Hunt b. 1912 

5. Garnetta Hunt b. 1914 d. 1931 

6. Maxine Hunt b. 1918 

7. George Hilman Hunt b. 1920 

2. MELBA BERNICE HUNT md. Harold Lincoln Kirklin 1933 

1. George Lincoln Kirklin b. 1937 

2. Walter Patrick Kirklin b. 1939 

3. Richard Harold Kirklin b. 1940 

1. GEORGE LINCOLN KIRKLIN md. Carold Jean Stanley 


1. Deborah Jean Kirklin b. 1958 

2. Jeffrey Russell Kirklin b. 1961 


4. EDA ZATELL HUNT md. Virgil S. Pace 


1. Virgil 

2. Sidney Rehn 

3. Robyn 

6. MAXINE HUNT md. Lynn Elmer Crane 1941 

1. Sondra Kay Crane b. 1943 

2. Lynn Jefferson Crane b. 1947 

3. Lynda Jill Crane b. 1947 

7. GEORGE HILMAN HUNT -md. Lorna Valate Fewkes 1942 

1. Kareen Hunt b. 1943 

2. Christine Hunt b. 1944 

3. Shannon Hunt b. 1948 

4. Arlyn Hunt b. 1951 

5. George Hal Hunt b. 1953 

1. KAREEN HUNT md* Richard Fred Maschman 1961 

1. Kimberlee Maschman b. 1962 

2. Richard Fred Maschman Jr. b. 1963 

3. MARRY EFFIE HUNT md. Marcus Skeem 1904 
Children: j , „ 

1. Mary Cecelia Skeem d. infant b. 1904 d. 1905 


II. SARAH ANN HILTON md. (2) Almon Babbitt Johnson 1883 

1. Almon Johnson Jr. d. infant b. 1888 d. 1890 

2. Charles Johnson d. infant b. 1890 d. 1890 
III. JOHN HUGH HILTON md. Maria Parker 1881 


1. Isabel Hilton b. 1882 d. 1961 

2. Annie Maria Hilton b. 1884 d. 1964 

3. Hugh Hilton b. 1887 d. 1958 

4. Eugene Hilton b. 1889 

5. Wilford Hilton b. 1892 d. 1950 

6. Roy Parker Hilton b. 1894 d. 1964 

7. Ivins Hilton b. 1897 

8. Virgil Hilton b. 1899 

9. Clement Hilton b. 1902 

10. Hazel Hilton b. 1905 

11. Lyle Hilton b. 1907 

1. ISABEL HILTON md. Bernard Bulmer Hinton 1905 

1. Wayne Hilton Hinton b. 1905 

2. John Merrill Hinton b. 1907 d. 1949 

3. Bernice Hinton b. 1910 

4. Dale Stanley Hinton b. 1912 

5. Dwight Garland Hinton b. 1916 d. 1948 

6. Lawrence Hugh Hinton b. 1919 

7. Harvard Roy Hinton b. 1921 

8. Bernard Ardene Hinton b D 1925 

9. Ivin Verdell Hinton b„ 1926 

1. WAYNE HILTON HINTON md. Jean Kendall 1939 

1. Wayne Kendall Hinton b. 1940 

2. Raymond Kay Hinton b. 1942 

3. Robert John Hinton (d. infant ) b. 1944 d. 1944 

4. Lynn Bernard Hinton b. 1945 

5. Margene Hinton b. 1946 

6. Alan Clayton Hinton b. 1949 

1. WAYNE KENDALL HINTON md. Carolyn Spendlove 1960 

1. Deborah Hinton b. 1961 

2. Julie Ann Hinton b. 1962 

2. JOHN MERRILL HINTON md. Hilma Wright 1945 div. 1948 

1. Arlene Hinton b. 1946 

3. BERNICE HINTON md. Luther Cloyd Morrill 1929 

1. Terry Hinton Morrill b. 1930 

2. Marilyn Morrill b. 1932 

3. Donald Clark Morrill b. 1934 

4. Denis Ray Morrill b. 1939 

5. Myrna Rae Morrill b. 1941 

6. My rta Fay e Morrill (d. infant) b. 1948 d. 1948 


7. Veneta Morrill b. 1942 

8. Nina Morrill b. 1944 

9. Baby girl (d. infant) b. 1948 d. 1948 
10. Kenneth Layne Morrill b. 1950 

1. TERRY HINTON MORRILL md. Erlynn Simpson 1957 

1. Lori Rae Morrill b. 1959 

2. Valerie Morrill b. 1960 

3. Jonathan Morrill b. 1963 

2. MARILYN MORRILL md. Gordon Barth Stone 1953 

1. Kenneth Darwin Stone K 1954 

2. Ronald Morrill Stone b. 1955 

3. Bryan Lee Stone b. 1957 

4. Sheri Lyn Stone b. 1958 

5. Alan Barth Stone b. 1960 

3. DONALD CLARK MORRILL md. Arleen Whitbeck 1953 

1. Stephen Grant Morrill b. 1954 d. 1954 

2. Debra Ann Morrill b. 1955 

3. Russell Clark Morrill b. 1956 

4. Staci Lee Morrill b. 1959 

5. Michael Kent Morrill b. 1962 

4. DALE STANLEY HINTON md. Fannie Lee Calvin 1946 

5. DWIGHT GARLAND HINTON (died young) 

6. LAWRENCE HUGH HINTON md. Maria Ruth Schumann 1957 

1. Christine Hinton b. 1958 

2. Jeffrey Lawrence Hinton b. 1962 

7. HARVARD ROY HINTON md. Rose Marie Brokaw 1950 

1. Harvard Scott Hinton b. 1951 

2. Gaylen Roy Hinton b. 1953 

3. Dwane Alan Hinton b. 1954 

4. Anne Hinton b. 1955 

5. James Glen Hinton b. 1957 

6. Carlton Dale Hinton b. 1958 

7. Dwight Austin Hinton b. 1959 

8. BERNARD ARDENE HINTON md. Lillian Schipper 1952 

1. David Ardene Hinton b. 1954 

2. Katheryn Ann Hinton b. 1956 

3. Kerry Lynne Hinton b. 1958 

9. IVIN VERDELL HINTON md. Beryl Pulsipher 1946 

1. Virginia Hinton b. 1948 

2. Teresa Hinton b. 1949 


3. Ivln Verdell Hinton Jr. b. 1951 

4. Richard Lee Hinton b. 1954 

5. Michael Dean Hinton b. 1955 

6. Gerald Wayne Hinton b. 1961 

2. ANNIE MARIA HILTON md. Raymond Spencer Bishop 1911 

1. Grant Hilton Bishop b. 1911 

2. Duane L. Bishop b. 1913 

3. Verdell Ray Bishop b. 1915 

4. Merlin Ivan Bishop b. 1918 

5. Shirley Elmer Bishop b. 1922 

6. Floyd Claron Bishop b. 1923 

7. Cheryl Bishop b. 1927 

8. Rayda Bishop b. 1930 

1. GRANT HILTON BISHOP md. Dail Stapley 1937 

1. Clyn Stapley Bishop b. 1938 

2. Floy Bishop b. 1939 

3. Ken Grant Bishop b. 1940 

4. Nada Bishop b. 1943 

5. Janice Bishop (d. child) b. 1944 d. 1946 

6. Ross W. Bishop b. 1945 

7. Drexel Bishop b. 1951 

1. CLYN STAPLEY BISHOP md. Carlene Gardner 1961 


1. Russell G. Bishop b. 1962 

2. FLOY BISHOP md. Leo Edwin Wingate 1957 

1. Mitchell Edwin Wingate b. 1958 

2. Michael Grant Wingate b. 1963 

3. KEN GRANT BISHOP md. Venice Ruth Moody 1961 

1. Karen Beth Bishop b. 1962 

4. NADA BISHOP md. Ronald Lee Howell 1962 

2. DUANE L. BISHOP md. Ruby Allen 1939 

1. Judith Anne Bishop b. 1939 

2. Joan Bishop b. 1944 

3. Duane Allen Bishop b. 1948 

4. Richard Lynn Bishop b. 1952 

5. Jean Bishop b. 1954 

6. Debra Jill Bishop b. 1959 

1. JUDITH ANNE BISHOP md. "Grover" Garvin 1963 

3. VERDELL RAY BISHOP md. Dana Wood 1941 

1. Verdell Ray Bishop Jr. b. 1943 

2. Paul Wood Bishop b. 1945 d. 1945 

3. Barry Lynne Bishop b. 1948 


4. Patrice Alane Bishop b. 1950 

5. Jon Bradley Bishop b. 1953 

6. Bruce Wood Bishop b. 1955 

7. Julie Bishop b. 1962 

4. MERLIN IVAN BISHOP md. June Aileen Adams 1942 

1. Ronald Adams Bishop b. 1943 

2. Sue Ann Bishop b. 1944 

3. Robin Lynn Bishop b. 1948 

5. SHIRLEY ELMER BISHOP md. Doris Ann Johnson 1947 

1. Gail Bishop b. 1948 

2. Anne Bishop b. 1949 

3. Karen Bishop b. 1954 

4. Russell Stephen Bishop b. 1956 

6. FLOYD CLARON BISHOP md« Helen Romona Johnson 1946 

1. Babv (stillborn) b. 1948 

2. Floyd Paul Bishop b. 1949 

3. Patrick Bishop (d. infant) b. 1952 d. 1952 

4. Pamela Bishop (d. infant) b. 1952 d. 1952 

5. Bradley Dale Bishop b, 1954 

7. CHERYL BISHOP md. George Clifford Weiss 1950 

1. Douglas Clifford Weiss b. 1951 
2„ Brian George Weiss b. 1954 

3. Gary Bertram Weiss b. 1957 

4. Roger John Weiss b. 1959 

8. RAYDA BISHOP md. Aldus DeVon Chappell 1952 

1. Cheree* Chappell b. 1953 

2. Robert DeVon Chappell b. 1954 

3. Mark Bishop Chappell b. 1955 

4. Lisa Chappell b. 1962 

3. HUGH HILTON md. Chloe Susannah Black 1910 

1. Hope Hilton b. 1911 

2. Helen Hilton b. 1913 

3. Ardath Hilton b. 1916 

4. Farris Hilton b. 1917 

5. Eva Hilton b. 1918 

6. Verl Hugh Hilton b. 1920 d. 1943 

7. Geniel Hilton (d. infant) b. 1922 d. 1922 

8. Boyd Black Hilton b. 1923 d. 1951 

9. Beth Maria Hilton b. 1924 

10. Luane Hilton (d. infant) b. 1927 d. 1927 

11. Warren Dean Hilton b. 1928 

12. Birdie Lou Hilton b. 1932 

13. Margene Hilton b. 1936 


1. HOPE FAE HILTON md. Lowell Rex Bennett 1934 

1. Gordon L. Bennett b. 1937 

2. Ronald Rex Bennett b. 1941 d. 1960 

3. Lynn Hilton Bennett b. 1945 

4. Lowell Bruce Bennett b. 1948 

5. Robert Dean Bennett b. 1952 

1. GORDON L. BENNETT md. Sharron Faye Hansen 1958 

1. Kristin Gina Bennett b. 1960 

2. Juliette Bennett b. 1963 

2. HELEN HILTON md. Lorin Charles Green (div) md. 1931 

1. Lorin Douglas Green b. 1937 

2. Duane Hilton Green b. 1940 

3. Margaret Helen Green b. 1942 

4. Linda Marlyn Green b. 1947 

3. ARDATH HILTON md. George Jacob Johns 1935 

1. Thomas George Johns b. 1936 

2. Daryl Hilton Johns b. 1939 

3. Janice Johns b. 1943 

4. Terry Lewis Johns b. 1951 

5. Geniel Johns b. 1952 

1. THOMAS GEORGE JOHNS md. Janice Francis Barge 1956 

4. F ARRIS HILTON md. Wallace Koch McLachlan 1939 

1. Patricia Lee McLachlan b. 1940 

2 C Karen Rae McLachlan b. 1942 

3. Wallace Kent McLachlan b. 1944 

4. Barbara Ann McLachlan b. 1951 

5. Robert Scott McLachlan b. 1953 

6. Becky Jo McLachlan b. 1956 

7. Carolvn Joyce McLachlan b. 1958 

8. Michael Hugh McLachlan b. 1960 

1. PATRICIA LEE McLACHLAN md. Thomas K. Quick 1960 

1. Lori Lee Quick b. 1961 

2. KAREN RAE McLACHLAN md. Kenneth Wayne Godfrey 1 

div. 1962 

1. Douglas K. Godfrey b. 1961 

2. Karen Dianne Godfrey b. 1962 

5. EVA HILTON md. Richard Dreger Roberts 1942 

1. David Verl Roberts b. 1943 

2. John Hilton Roberts b. 1946 


1. DAVID VERL ROBERTS md. Karen Hartog 1961 
6. VERL HUGH HILTON d. a young man 

8. BOYD BLACK HILTON md. Bettie Cannon 1948 

1. Jo Anne Hilton b. 1949 

2. Richard Cannon Hilton b. 1950 

3. Boyd Black Hilton Junior b. 1952 

9. BETH MARIA HILTON md. LeRoy Ross 1944 

1. James Hugh Ross b. 1946 d. 1946 

2. Melvin Dennis Ross b. 1947 

3. Beverly Ann Ross b. 1949 

4. Delbra Jean Ross b. 1952 

5. Brenda Sue Ross b. 1953 

11. WARREN DEAN HILTON md. Cheryl Moody 1948 

1. DeAnn Hilton b. 1953 

2. David Dean Hilton b. 1957 

3. Bradley H. Hilton b. 1961 

12. BIRDIE LOU HILTON md. Darrel Thomas Allred 1951 

1. LeAnn Allred b. 1952 

2. Michael Darrell Allred b. 1954 

3. Sherrie Luane Allred b. 1960 

13. MARGENE HILTON md. Verl Auer Jensen 1956 

1. Margo Jean Jensen b. 1956 

2. Wendie Lea Jensen b. 1958 

3. Kimberly Ann Jensen b. 1960 

4. EUGENE HILTON md. Ruth Naomi Savage 1916 

1. Eugene Savage Hilton b. 1917 

2. Joseph Roy Hilton b. 1919 

3. Phyl Normington Hilton b. 1921 

4. Theodore Caldwell Hilton b. 1922 

5. Lynn Mathers Hilton b. 1924 

6. John Levi Hilton b. 1927 

7. George Fayette Hilton b. 1930 

8. Patricia Ruth Hilton b. 1932 


L. EUGENE SAVAGE HILTON md. Joyce Van Noy 1940 


1. Herbert Eugene Hilton b. 1942 

2. Nita Ruth Hilton b. 1943 

3. Gerald Lynn Hilton b. 1945 

4. Judith Joyce Hilton b. 1947 

5. Bonnie Lee Hilton b. 1949 

6. Jacqueline Hilton b. 1951 

2. NITA RUTH HILTON md. Aug. 9, 1963 Ralph J. Farrell 

2. JOSEPH ROY HILTON md. Wanda Fullmer 1941 

1. Joseph Roy Hilton, Jr. b. 1942 

2. Stephen Homer Hilton b. 1944 

3. Susanne Hilton b. 1946 

4. Karren Louise Hilton b. 1949 

5. Barbara Hilton b. 1952 

6. Thomas Samuel Eugene Hilton b. 1.955 

7. William Robert Hilton b. 1959 

3. PHYL NORMINGTON HILTON md. Evelyn Katherine Heater 1945 

1. Katherine Hilton b. 1946 

2. Carrel Jane Hilton b. 1947 

3. Elizabeth Hilton b. 1949 

4. Julia Ann Hilton b. 1952 

5. Richard James Hilton b. 1953 

6. David Robert Hilton b. 1955 

7. Evelyn Leigh Hilton b. 1957 

8. Deborah Ruth Hilton b. 1961 

9. Rebecca Hilton b. 1962 

4. THEODORE CALDWELL HILTON md. Maxine Donnelly 1947 

1. Theodore Craig Hilton b. 1949 

2. Kevin Donnelly Hilton b. 1952 

3. Brook Donnelly Hilton b. 1955 

4. Ann Hilton b. 1960 

5. LYNN MATHERS HILTON md. Annalee Hope Avarell 1948 

1. Cynthia Faith Hilton b. 1950 

2. Polly Ruth Hilton b. 1952 

3. Sheree Adeline Hilton b. 1954 

4. Ralph Michael Hilton b. 1958 

5. Spencer Hugh Hilton b. 1963 


6. JOHN LEVI HILTON md. Ruth Janet Fenn 1950 

1. John Levi Hilton, Jr. b. 1951 

2. Courtland Mason Hilton b. 1952 

3. Matthew Fenn Hilton b. 1954 (twin) 

4. Laurel Fenn Hilton b. 1954 (twin) (d. infant) 

5. Christine Fern Hilton b. 1955 

6. Kimberly Jane Hilton b. 1958 

7. Lynne Savage Hilton b. 1960 

8. Janet Ruth Hilton b. 1962 

7. GEORGE FAYETTE HILTON md. Yvonne Marie Horta 1955 

1. Ronald Nathan Hilton b. 1956 

2. Lawrence Dean Hilton b. 1958 

3. Mark Joseph Hilton b. 1960 

4. Alan Clark Hilton b. 1963 

8. PATRICIA RUTH HILTON md. Jesse Fredricc Shumway 1953 

1. Jesse Fredrick Shumway, Jr. b. 1954 

2. Douglas Hilton Shumway, b. 1956 

3. Daniel Glenn Shumway b. 1959 

4. Eve Patricia Shumway b. 1960 

5. W1LFORD HILTON md. Vera Snow 1921 

1. Lora Hilton b. 1922 

2. Carol Hilton b. 1924 

3. Dawn Hilton b. 1926 

4. Wilford Bruce Hilton b. 1928 

5. Clesse Snow Hilton b. 4 930 

6. Horace GUI Hilton b. 1932 

7. Lael Hilton b. 1937 

1. LORA HILTON md. Ray Sullivan Whiting 1944 

1. Ann Whiting b. 1945 

2. Gayle Whiting b. 1947 

3. Mikel Ray Whiting b. 1949 

4. Steven Hilton Whiting b. 1954 

2. CAROL HILTON md. Walter Henry Prusse 1947 

1. Ellen Prusse b. 1948 

2. Roger Kurt Prusse b. 1951 

3. Garn Hilton Prusse b. 1954 

4. Joan Prusse b. 1956 

5. Brian Gill Prusse b. 1961 


3. DAWN HILTON md. Rodney Porter 1949 

1. Nvla Porter b. 1951 

2. Gwen Porter b. 1954 

3. Scott Hilton Porter 1). L956 

4. Kristine Porter b. I960 

4. WILFORD BRUCE HILTON md. Shirley Bowman 1957 

1. William Bruce Hilton b. 1958 

2. Brent Edward Hilton b. 1960 

3. Richard Dee Hilton b. 1961 

4. Gary Todd Hilton b. 1963 

5. CLESSE SNOW HILTON md. Rebecca Brough 1954 

1 . Susan Hilton b. 1956 

2. Vivian Hilton d. infant b. L956 d. 1956 

3. Allen Clesse Hilton b. 1957 

4. David Brough Hilton b. I960 

5. Eileen Hilton b. 1962 

6. Todd Kent Hilton b. 1963 

6. HORACE GILL HILTON md. Colleen Kirgan 1956 
Chi Idren: 

1. Hugh Gill Hilton b. 1957 

2. Duane Kirgan Hilton b. 1958 

3. Kathryn Hilton b. 1960 

4. Laurie Hilton b. 1962 

7. LAEL HILTON md. Merton Nielson Lovell 1956 

1. Randy Hilton Lovell b. 1957 

2. Scott Snow Lovell b. 1962 

6. ROY PARKER HILTON md. Fannie Lee Cropper 1917 

1. Ross Cropper Hilton b. 1921 

2. Lawrence Roy Hilton b. 1923 

3. Junius Harlan Hilton b. 1929 

4. lone Hilton b. 1929 

5. Lula Marie Hilton b. 1936 

1. ROSS CROITLR HILTON md. Valeda Swensen 1941 

1. Rosa lee Hilton b. 1942 

2. Glen Ross Hilton b. 1944 

3. Raymond S. Hilton b. 1950 

4. Jeanette 1 lilton b. L954 


1. ROSALEE HILTON md. Eldon Verd Singleton 1961 

1. Virginia Lyn Singleton b. 1961 

2. Ronald Verd Singleton b. 1962 (twin) 

3. Roger Lawrence Singleton b. 1962 (twin) 

2. LAWRENCE ROY HILTON md. Gloria Mathews 1945 

1. I la Gayle Hilton b. 1949 

2. Lawrence Craig Hilton b. 1953 

3. Rosemary Hilton b. 1956 

4. Mathew Roy Hilton b. 1959 

3. JUNIUS HARLAN HILTON md. Opal Evalyn Morris 1947 

1. Opal Irene Hilton b. 1948 

2. Dale Roy Hilton b. 1949 

3. Allen Lee Hilton b. 1953 

4. David Harlan Hilton b. 1956 

5. Richmond Morris Hilton fl. infant b. 1958 d. 1958 

4. IONE HILTON md. James William Christensen 1950 

1. James Roy Christensen b. 1954 

2. Becky Lynn Christensen d. infant b. 1955 d. 1955 

3. Ricky Jon Christensen b. 1958 

4. Garry Jay Christensen b. 1959 

5. LULA MARIE HILTON md. Alma LaMont Henriksen i 1955 

1^ Bruce LaMont Henriksen b. 1957 

2. Russell Leigh Henriksen b. 1959 

3. Dana Mario Henriksen b. 1956 

7. A. IVINS HILTON md. Edna Irene Huish 1940 

1. Dianne Caroline Hilton b. 1945 

2. Delwin Ivins Hilton b. 1947 

8. VIRGIL HILTON md. Mabel McEntire 1936 

1. Joyce Hilton b. 1938 

2. Linda Rae Hilton b. 1940 

1. JOYCE HILTON md. Don Leonard Davis 1956 

1. Steven Don Hilton Davis b. 1960 

2. LINDA RAE HILTON md. Daniel Joseph Kopanger High 1959 


1. Gregory Scott Hilton High b. 1960 

2. Joni Sue High. b. 1963 -126- 

9. CLEME'NT HILTON md. (1) Evelyn Louise Schank 1928 

1. Janice Hilton b. 1928 

2. Marilyn Hilton b. 1930 

1. JANICE HILTON md. Bob Walter Abbott 1948 

1. Scott Hilton Abbott b. 1949 

2. John Herbert Abbott b. 1951 

3. Evelyn Jill Abbott b. 1952 

4. Carol Joy Abbott b. 1954 

5. Lynn Walter Abbott d. infant b. 1956 d. 1956 

6. Christine Dee Abbott b. 1960 

7. Paul Leslie Abbott b. 1962 

2. MARILYN HILTON md. Clarence Earl Israelsen 1953 

1. Ronald Earl Isarelsen b. 1955 

2. Dale Brent Isarelsen b. 1956 

3. Margie Kay Israelsen b. 1958 

4. Brian Clement Israelsen:. 1959 

5. Linda Joie Israelsen b. 1960 

6. Marilyn Cheri Israelsen b. 1962 

9. CLEMENT HILTON md. (2) Verna Dustin 1933 

1. John Clement Hilton (stillborn) b. 1948 

9. CLEMENT HILTON md. (3) Joie Elaine McKean 1958 

10. HAZEL HILTON md. Arden Edwin Allen 1930 

1. Joseph Hilton Allen b. 1932 

2. Margaret Ann Allen b. 1933 

1. JOSEPH HILTON ALLEN (unmarried) 

2. MARGARET ANN ALLEN md. Glen Keith Shaw 1952 

1. Allen Glenn Shaw b. 1953 

2. Steven Richard Shaw b. 1954 

3. Ruth Ann Shaw b. 1960 

11. LYLE HILTON md. (1) Isabell Cardon 1929 

1. Kent Hilton b. 1930 

2. Gail Hilton b. 1933 

1. LYLE KENT HILTON md. Rochelle Maurine Hhead 1956 

1. David Rhead Hilton d. infant b. 1957 d. 1957 


2. Richard Alma Hilton d. infant b. 1958 d. 1958 

3. Janelle Hilton b. 1959 

4. Paul Kent Hilton b. 1960 

5. Natalie Hilton b. 1963 

2. GAIL HILTON md. Vincent Alma Wood 1954 

1. Kent Vincent Hilton Wood b. 1954 

2. Keith Gordon Wood b. 1956 

3. Michele Wood b. 1958 

4. Tamara Wood b. 1961 

5. Shauna Wood b. 1963 

11. LYLE HILTON md. (2) Sally Electa Palmer 1939 

1. Dale Clair Hilton b. 1940 

2. Donna Jeanne Hilton b. 1942 

3. Steven Lyle Hilton b. 1952 

IV. JOSEPH P1LK1NGTON HILTON md. Ellen May Richards 1883 

1. Charles Whitney Hilton d. infant b. 1883 d. 1885 

2. Genevieve Hilton b. 1885 

3. Joseph Clarence Hilton b. 1888 

4. Ethel May Hilton b. 1890 

5. lanthus Richards Hilton b. 1892 

6. Samuel Whitney Hilton b. 1895 

7. Verda Hilton b. 1897 

8. Ellen May Hilton b. 1900 d. 1935 

2. GENEVIEVE HILTON md. Erastus Leon Jarvis 1907 

1. Ellen Mae Jarvis b. 1908 

2. Brigham Hilton Jarvis b. 1910 

3. Wesley Burton Jarvis b. 1912 

4. Wendyl Leon Jarvis b. 1915 

5. Genevieve Jarvis b. 1917 

6. Ruth Jarvis d. infant b. 1922 d. 1922 

7. Joseph Grant Jarvis b. 1924 

8. John Max Jarvis b. 1926 

9. Gideon Stanford Jarvis b. 1931 

1. ELLEN MAE JARVIS md. ( 1 ) John Edson Pickering Jr. 1937 (div) 

1. Ann Jarvis Pickering b. 1940 


L. ELLEN MAE JARV1S md. (2) Leonard Winegar 1948 

1. Ann Jarvis Winegar b. 1940 (adopted) 

2. Kathryn Jarvis Winegar b. 1951 

3. Leonard Winegar Junior b. 1954 

L ANN JARVIS WINEGAR md. Jerry Norman Young 1959 

L. Lori Ann Young b. 1960 
2. Karen Young b. 1962 

2. BR1GHAM HILTON JARVIS md. Carrie Maud Higley 1940 

1. Caroline Ruth Jarvis b. 1941 

2. George Hilton Jarvis b. 1944 

1. CAROLINE RUTH JARVIS md. Ronald Hall Hovey 1959 

1. Ronda Jean Hovey b. 1960 

2. Diane Marie Hovey b. 1963 

3. WESLEY BURTON JARVIS md. Evelyn Alice Olsen 1937 

1. Anthony Burton Jarvis b. 1939 

2. David Michael Jarvis b. 1940 

3. Robert Wayne Jarvis b. 1942 

4. Charles Wesley Jarvis b. 1944 

5. Julie Ann Jarvis b. 1951 

1. ANTHONY BURTON JARVIS md. Beth Johnson 

1. Monica Fay Jarvis 1963 

2. DAVID MICHAEL JARVIS md. Sylvia Jean Welcker 

1. Michael Jarvis b. 1961 

4. WENDYL LEON JARVIS md. (1) Hazel Belle Pressnall 1934 (div) 

4. WENDYL LEON JARVIS md. (2) Mvra Josephine Lounsbury 

1. Wendell Laurence b. 1935 

4. WENDYL LEON JARVIS md. (3) Myrl Keetch 1954 

1. Mark Lynn Jarvis b. 1955 

2. Myrna Jarvis b. 1957 

3. Lee Ann Jarvis b. 1958 

4. Janell Jarvis b. 1961 


5. GENEVIEVE JARVIS md. Harold Taylor Kitterman 1938 

1. David Harold Kitterman b. 1940 

2. Robert Paul Kitterman b. 1941 

3. John Allen Kitterman b. 1945 

4. Keith Thomas Kitterman b. 1954 

5. Richard James Kitterman b. 1957 

7. JOSEPH GRANT JARVIS md. Gayle Page 1947 

1. Scott Craig Jarvis b. 1948 

2. Linda Sue Jarvis b. 1950 

3. Mary Lou Jarvis b. 1952 

4. Joseph Grant Jarvis, Jr. 1955 

5. Alan Page Jarvis b. 1958 

8. JOHN MAX JARVIS md. (1) Shirley Goin 1923 

1. Baby Jarvis (stillborn) 

8. JOHN MAX JARVIS md. (2) Artie L. Blair (div) 1948 

1. Shirley Marlene Jarvis b. 1949 

2. Stephen Lynn Jarvis b. 1950 

8. JOHN MAX JARVIS md (3) Mable Lee Bish 1954 

1. Shirley Lee Bish Jarvis b. 193^ (adopted) 

2. Sandra May Bish Jarvis b. 1943 (adopted) 

3. Tommy Baxter Bish Jarvis b. 1947 (adopted) 

4. Bruce William Bish Jarvis b. 1950 (adopted) 

5. John Michael Jarvis b. 1957 

6. David Alan Jarvis b. 1961 

1. SHIRLEY LEE JARVIS md. Bill Frank George 1960 

1. Dena Lynn George b. 1963 

9. GIDEON STANFORD JARVIS md. Marjorie Ann Taylor 1955 

1. David Stanford Jarvis b. 1958 

2. Brent Taylor Jarvis b. 1960 

3. Janet Jarvis b. 1961 

3. JOSEPH CLARENCE HILTON md. Gladys Muriel Richins 1913 

1. Daughter Hilton d. infant b. 1913 d. 1913 

2. Barney Holbrook Hilton b. 1915 

3. Phyllis June Hilton b. 1917 


4. Claire Nell Hilton b. 1921 

5. John Neal Hilton b. 1924 

6. Joseph Dean Hilton b. 1924 

7. Glade Clarence Hilton b. 1927 

2. BARNEY HOLBROOK HILTON md. Vera Lee Beckett 1939 

1. Richard Donn Hilton b. 1940 

2. Michal Hilton b. 1942 

3. Patricia Hilton b. 1945 d. 1945 

4. Stephanie Hilton b. 1948 

5. Sally Hilton b. 1949 

6. Sydney Hilton b. 1952 

7. Mark Beckett Hilton b. 1953 

2. MICHAL HILTON md. William Thomas Gerome 1962 

1. Peter Hilton Gerome b. 1963 

3. PHYLLIS JUNE HILTON md. (1) Max Thornton Shurtleff Larsen 

1936 (div) 

3. PHYLLIS JUNE HILTON md. (2) Raymond Ricnard Holien 1947 

1. Julie Lynn Holien b. 1945 (adopted) 

2. Richard Andrew Holien b. 1950 

3. Raymond Scott Holien b. 1952 

4. CLAIRE NELL HILTON md. Robert Choules Huish 1943 

1. Robert Hilton Huish b. 1944 

2. Terryl Huish b. 1948 

3. Chris Albert Huish b. 1949 

4. Lee Gordon Huish b. 1951 

5. JOHN NEAL HILTON md. Josephine Madsen 1948 

1. Jay Neal Hilton b. 1^4^ 

2. Val John Hilton b. L952 

3. Ben Wade Hilton b. 1956 

6. JOSEPH DEAN HILTON md. Joan Walker 1946 

1. Leon Earl Hilton b. 1948 

2. Lynn Walker Hilton b. 1949 

3. Jodene Hilton b. 1951 

4. Pauline Hilton b. 1953 

5. Arlen J. Hilton b. 1957 

6. Larry Dean Hilton b. 1960 


7. GLADE CLARENCE HILTON md. Myrtle Vee Greene 1948 

1. Hal Glade Hilton b. 1950 d. 1950 

2. Gill Stanley Hilton b. 1951 

3. Jeffery C. Hilton b. 1953 

4. Gladene Hilton b. 1954 

5. Susan Hilton b. 1956 

6. David Michael Hilton b. 1959 

7. Todd Greene Hilton b. 1962 

4. ETHEL MAY HILTON md (1) John Everett West 1912 

1. Everett Eugene West b. 1913 

2. Ethel Gwyn West b. 1915 

3. Dale Hilton West b. 1918 

4. John Everett West 11 b. 1919 

1. EVERETT EUGENE WEST md. (1) Francis Kelley 1938 (div) 

1. EVERETT EUGENE WEST md. (2) Mary Bridget Tobin 1947- 

2. ETHEL GWYN WEST md. Joseph Wendyl Larson 1937 

1. Newell Joseph Larsen b. 1938 

2. Judith Mae Larsen b. 1942 

3. Susan Gwyn Larsen b. 1950 

4. Diane Larsen b. 1955 

3. DALE HILTON WEST md. Meriam Adamson 1941 

1. Jeannine West b. 1942 

2. Richard Hilton West b. 1949 

3. Catherine Ann West b. 1957 

1. JEANNINE WEST md. Ralph Burton Haymore 1963 

4. JOHN EVERETT WEST II md. Betty Ann West 1941 

1. Paul David West b. 1942 

2. Carolyn West b. 1943 

3. John Everett West III b. 1947 

4. Nancy West b. 1950 

5. Gary Eugene West b. 1953 

6. Alan Michael West b. 1956 

4. ETHEL MAY HILTON md. (2) Isaac Edward Carlson 1936 

4. ETHEL MAY HILTON md. (3) Joseph Wilford Anderson 1945 

5. IANTHUS RICHARDS HILTON md. Lura Marlina Elder 1923 

1. Jack Richard Hilton b. 1926 

2. Bonnie Louise Hilton b. 1933 


1. JACK RICHARD HILTON md. (1) Beverly C. Sandrin (div) 

1. Sandra Hilton 

L. JACK RICHARD HILTON md. (2) Barbara E. Gatehouse 

1. Jeffery Lynn Hilton b. 1951 

2. BONNIE LOUISE HILTON md. Erven Crouch Rockwood 1951 

1. Steven Wayne Rockwood b. 1953 

2. Randall Hilton Rockwood b. 1955 

3. Tracy Rockwood b. 1960 

6. SAMUEL WHITNEY HILTON md. (1) Grace Hilda Richins 1917 

1. Samuel Whitney Hilton, Jr. b. 1918 d. 1945 

2. Frances Hulda Hilton b. 1920 

3. Joseph Donn Hilton b. 1921 

1. SAMUEL WHITNEY HILTON II md. Mavis June Roundy 1943 

1. Samuel Whitney Hilton III. b. 1945 

2. FRANCES HULDA HILTON md. Leigh B. Hanes, Jr. 1945 

1. Katheryn Whitney Hanes b. 1947 

2. Leigh Thompson Hanes b. 1949 

3. David Hilton Hanes b. 1951 

3. JOSEPH DONN HILTON md. (1) Dorothy Cleo Sagrillo 1943 (div) 

1. Joseph Donn Hilton, Jr. b. 1944 

2. Daniel Spencer Hilton b. 1948 

3. JOSEPH DONN HILTON md. (2) Joan 1963 

6. SAMUEL WHITNEY HILTON md. (2) Lydia Allen 1926 

1. Allen Eugene Hilton b. 1927 

2. Robert J. Hilton b. 1929 

3. Eloyd Richards Hilton b. 1934 

1. ALLEN EUGENE HILTON md. Lida Ruth Patten 1947 

1. Allen Eugene Hilton 11 b. 1949 

2. Jeanette Hilton b. 1951 

3. Kent Robert Hilton b. 1953 

4. Susan Hilton b. 1954 

5. Joseph Talmage Hilton b. 1958 

6. John Terry Hilton b. 1959 






Linda Lee Hilton b. 1947 


Carolyn Hilton b. 1948 


Jo Ann Hilton b. 1951 


Roberta Hilton b. 1954 


Tamara Hilton b. 1959 

Evelyn Rowland 194' 

3. FLOYD RICHARDS HILTON md. Joyce Remington 1953 

1. Lise Hilton b. 1961 (adopted) 

7. VERDA HILTON md. Clifton J. Walker 1927 

1. Clifton J. Walker, Jr. b. 1928 

2. Constance Walker b. 1930 

3. Ethel Louis Walker b. 1937 

2. CONSTANCE WALKER md. Lowell Luther Stockberger 1951 

1. Lowell Steven Stockberger b. 1953 

2. Dennis James Stockberger b. 1955 

3. Tonya Lyn Stockberger b. 1958 

3. ETHEL LOIS WALKER md. Joel Brian Stookey 1959 

1. Cary Blake Stookey b. 1960 

8. ELLEN MAY HILTON md. DeOnge Woodland Tanner 1921 

1. Earl DeOnge Tanner b. 1922 

2. Carolyn Mae Tanner b. 1924 

3. Richard Hilton Tanner b. 1925 

4. Zola Tanner b. 1928 

5. Ellen May Tanner b. 1935 

1. EARL DE ONGE TANNER md. Mary Louise Lyon 1947 

1. Earl DeOnge Tanner, Jr. b. 1950 

2. Todd Alan Tanner b. 1952 

3. Alison Tanner b. 1954 

4. Victoria Ann Tanner b. 1956 

5. Pamela Tanner b. 1958 

6. David Lyon Tanner b. 1963 

2. CAROLYN MAE TANNER md. Heber C. Peterson, Jr. 1946 


1. DarrellA. Peterson b. 1947 
2„ Kristin Jean Peterson b. 1948 


3. RICHARD HILTON TANNER md. Charlene Anderson 1945 

1. Richard Bruce Tanner 

4. ZOLA TANNER md. Joseph Val Lykins 

1. James Tanner Lykins 

2. Allen Tanner Lykins 

5. ELLEN MAY TANNER (adopted by an Aunt and re-named) 
Annabelle Henderson md. Benton T. Bougher, Jr. 

9. DEONGE WOODLAND TANNER md. (2) Grace Edwards 1936 

1. LeRoy Tanner b. 1936 

2. Paul Tanner b. 1942 

3. Steven Tanner b. 1947 

4. Mary Jane Tanner b. 1947 

5. Glenn Tanner 

V. HYRUM HENRY HILTON md. Sarah Jane LeFevre 1888 

1. Charles Thomas Hilton b. 1889 

2. Sadie Effie Hilton b. 1890 

3. Hyrum Hilton b. 1892 

1. CHARLES THOMAS HILTON md. Ester Jensen 1910 

1. Elden Charles Hilton b. 1912 

2. Glenn Hugh Hilton b. 1914 

3. Darwin Jensen Hilton b. 1917 

4. Clyde Jensen Hilton b. 1920 

5. Ester Joyce Hilton b. 1925 

6. Ivan Jensen Hilton b. 1927 

1. ELDEN CHARLES HILTON md. Althea Stoddard 1935 

1. Elden Richard Hilton b. 1936 

2. Sherry Ann Hilton b. 1940 

3. Robert Brent Hilton b. 1944 

1. ELDEN RICHARD HILTON md. Nora Lee Jones 1954 

1. Richard Thomas Hilton b. 1955 

2. Kristine Hilton b. 1957 

3. Alan Scott Hilton b. 1961 


2. SHERRY ANN HILTON md. James Corless Mendenhall 1960 

1. Marcia Lyn Mendenhall b. 1963 

2. GLENN HUGH HILTON md. Belva Hunziker 1933 

1. Sharon Hilton b. 1934 

2. Blair Glen Hilton b. 1936 

1. SHARON HILTON md. Asa Ray Garner 1951 

1. Asel Ray Garner b. 1951 

2. LaWana Garner b. 1954 

3. Gwenn Garner b. 1956 

4. Jesse Garner b. 1961 

2. BLAIR GLENN HILTON md. La Dean Thorpe 1958 

3. DARWIN JENSEN HILTON md. Ada Myrle Bagley 1938 

1. Darwin Blaine Hilton b. 1939 

2. Donna Myrle Hilton b. 1942 d. 1943 

3. Beverly Hilton b. 1945 

4. Deanna Hilton b. 1954 

1. DARWIN BLAINE HILTON md. Edda Gay Finlinson 1963 

4. CLYDE JENSEN HILTON md. Carol Jesse Fulmer 1942 

1. Clyde Joel Hilton b. 1945 

5. ESTER JOYCE HILTON md. Blair Kimble Berry 1947 

1. Janet Joyce Berry b. 1957 

6. IVAN JENSEN HILTON md. Margie Dae Madsen 1950 

1. Patrice Hilton b. 1952 

2. Carolee Hilton b. 1955 

2. SADIE EFFIE HILTON (unmarried) 

3. HYRUM HILTON md. Ethel Viola Bate 1917 

1. Hyrum Wayne Hilton b. 1923 

2. LaMarr Bate Hilton b. 1925 

3. Ida Fae Hilton b. 1929 

4. Robert Hugh Hilton b. 1935 


L. HYRUM WAYNE HILTON md. Zola Hill 1948 

2. LAMARR BATE HILTON md. Raona Marie Evans 1947 

1. Raymond La Marr Hilton b. 1948 

2. Michael Evans Hilton b. 1951 

3. Barbara Lynne Hilton b. 1954 

4. Margaret Marie Hilton b. 1956 

5. Dennis Hugh Hilton b. 1959 

3. IDA FAE HILTON md. John Maurel Anderson 1951 

1. James Delno Anderson b. 1953 

2. Gayle Lynn Anderson (stillborn) b. 1962 d. 1962 

4. ROBERT HUGH HILTON md. Wilam Fae Lake 1957 

1. Thomas Wayne Hilton b. 1959 

2. Gloria Ann Hilton b. 1962 

3. HYRUM HILTON md. (2) Harriet Lena Bills 1948 
3. HYRUM HILTON md. (3) Gladys O. McFarlane 



Abbot, Janice, and family, 127 

Abraham, Utah, hard life in, 85, 86, 89 

Advertising, results of, 35 

Alfred "the Great", 10 

(Allen) Hazel, d. John H. Hilton, mother of a family, 49; family, 127 

(Allred) Berdie L. and family 122 

(Anderson), Ethel H. cited, 34, 132 

(Anderson) Ida F. and family, 137 

Andrews, Jim, 72 

Anglo-Saxon tongue replaces Latin, 10 

Appendicitis, cause of death, 74 

Appraisals, 18, 28 

Archives, Church, Hilton records filed in, 22 

Athlesten, English king, 23 

(Baker) Lavon and family, 113 

Baron Hilton corresponds with Squire Hulton, 14; honored title, 24,28; 
word picture of last Hilton baron, 30 

Basic Information table, 57 a 

Bear skin rugs donated, 59, 70 

(Bennett) Hope F. and family, 121; Gordon L. and family, 121 

(Berry) Ester J. and family, 136 

(Bishop) Annie H. cited 34; d. John H. Hilton, mother of a family, 49; 
quoted 53, 66, 71, 83; family, 119 

(Bishop) Sarah M. and family, 115; Grant H and family, 119; Clyn iS. 

and family, 119; Ken G. and fern ly ,119; Duane L .and toglW, 
Verdell R. and family, 119; Merlin I. and family, 120, Shirley h. 
and family, 120; Floyd C. and family, 120 


(Blair) Caroline, wife of John II. Hilton, 87 

Bolton, Lane, family center, 8; genealogical searching, 35; Hiltons 
non-Catholics, 38; Hugh and progenators there 235 years, 40; 
population figures, 40; visited, 52; "extream distress" of, 51,52 

Book of Mormon, a true scripture, 1 

Boston, Phyl and family in, 1 

(Bougher) Ellen M. and family, 135 

Britain, social and economic conditions in, 35; Hilton missionaries 
in, 103, 105; relatives in, 40, 104 

British Isles, progenators came from, 11 

Burnley, Lane, genealogical searching in, 35 

(Cadenhead) Sally D. and family, 116 

Canute, the Dane, 8 

Corless, Bessie cited, 35 

(Cates) Linda K. and family, 110 

Catholic Church and early Hultons, 19, 38; records quoted, 38 

(Chappell) Rayda, and family, 120 

(Cheney) Editha J. d. Charles Hilton, 74; blessed by grandfather, 67; 

survives, age, 92, 74; Lyle L. and family, 110; Charles F„, 110; 
Leo H. and family, 110; LaMarr H. and family, 111; Arnold N. 
and family, 111; John H. and family, 111; Harold H. and family, 111; 
Harlow F„ and family, 112; Garth W. and family, 112; Vernon E. 
and family, 112; Jesse W. and family, 112; Ronald A. and family, 112; 

Ronald A. Jr., and family, 112 
(Cheney) Edith L. and family, 110 
Child labor, conditions, 52 
(Christensen) lone, and family, 126 
Church of England Records, 19, 34, 38 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints thanked, 34 
Coat of Arms, 19,20, 27,31 

Coltshear, Sarah (or Hardman? Sarah) great grandmother, 48, 49 


(Crane) Maxine, and family, 116 
(Cropper) Inez A. and family, 115 

Dance, calls, 70 

Danes, invade England, 8, 10 

(Davis) Joyce, and family, 126 

"De" in name, 13 

(Delgado) Doris M. and family, 115 

(DePew) Bonnie and family, 114 

Diaries, none found, 2, 48 

"Dixie", second Utah home, 61, 62; difficult journey to, 62; pioneer life 
in, 63; 81, 82-90 

"Double cousins", 95 

Dudley, Henry, quoted; 29 

Durham, Lane. Hiltons before 1066, 9; early beginnings, 23, 24 

(Eaton) Helen, and family, 120 

Electronic computers, help expected from, 33 

Exaltation, assured, 55 

Endowment House, sea lings in, 60,72 

English church, power of as recorder, 33 

English history time line, 4, 5, 6 

(Everett) Marilyn K. , 115 

Farneworth, second Hulton center, 32,39; described, 39; library yields 
names, 39; family dies out, 39; Hultons land rich, 40 

(Farrell) Nita R. and family, 123 
Fashions, 35 

"Fortune", first Hiltons to America on, 24,34, 35 


Frontier, sad toll of, 72,73,78 

(Frost) Ann Pilkington, our maternal great grandmother, 56; baptized 
1841, 56; family, 57; sealed to William Frost Jr„ , 57; no diaries 
left, 57; pedigree untraced, 57; Isabella P. F. our grandmother, 58; 
photograph, 58; described, 58, 60; sealed to Hugh Hilton, 60; versi- 
lity, 64; flat iron, 78 

(Garner) Sharon, and family, 136 

(Garvin) Judith A. , and family, 119 

Genealogical searching, 2; information recorded, 16,22; non-British 
names not recorded, 37; source materials, 33; "missionaries", 
much help expected from, 33 

(George) Shirley L. , and family, 130 

(Gerome) Michal and family, 131 

(Godfrey) Karen R. and family, 121 

Grandparents, early age at death, 74 

(Green) Helen H. and family, 12 1 

Gyreda, Owen of Wales and Hultons, 17 

(Hamley) Edith L. and family, 110 

(Hanes) Frances H. and family, 133 

(Hansen), Annette and family, 113 

Hardman, Sarah (or Coltshear?, Sarah) grandmother, 48,49 

Harold, English king, 9 

(Haymore) Jeannine, and family, 132 

(Henriksen) Lula M. and family, 126 

Heritage, priceless, 11 

(Heward) Edith H. and family, 111 

Hewett, Jane, first wife of Hugh, 110; mother of Charles, et al, 5, 56; 
baptized in 1840, 56; marries Hugh Hilton, 56; Came to America, 56; 

. -141-, 

death of, 56, 60 

(High) Linda R. and family, 126 

"Hilton of Hilton" pedigrees in Durham, 25, 26, 29 

Hilton Castle, 9; Henry builds castle in 1072, 23; sketch of, 41; 
described, 41 

Hilton, Charles H. s. of Hugh, 49; father of a family, 49; works, 62; 
family, 73,74, 110; death of, 67, 72, 73; life story detail, 69,74 

Hilton family, most ancient in England, 7; trace ancestry 1000 years, 
7, 11; ancient families related, 13, 15; Hiltons and Hultons be- 
queath lands to each other, 15; quarter arms, 15; stem from two 
great centers, 16, 23; appraised, 18, 28; land rich, 23, 32; Honored 
with title of "Baron", 24, 28, 31; go abroad, 31; widely scattered in 
Great Britian, 32; "fool", 41, chart shown, 48; "Dixie" Hiltons visit 
Pilkingtons in Smithfi eld, Utah, 47, 67, 77; photographs found, 47, 
reach Utah, 59; live in nineth ward, 59, 60; donations, 58; moved 
to Lehi, 61; called to "Dixie", 61; pioneering problems, 63; "home" 
in Virgin, 64 

Hilton, Donna, cited, 3; Gladys R. cited 34; John, tailor to king Henry 
VIII, 15; Lancelot de, killed 1066, 9; Lyle, cited, 3; Robert de, 9; 
Henry de 9, 23; not first Hilton, 23; Ruth S. cited, 34; Sarah Ann, 
52, 60, d. Hugh Hilton, wife of George J. Hunt, 49^ 60, 68, 89; detail 
of life, 75, 80, family, 113; her childrennsealed to Almon Johnson, 78 
Vera S„ cited, 34; warriers, 29; Williamioand Charles to Massechusetts 
in 1621, 24; William, (b 1796) greatgraHd father, 55; William, great, 
great grandfather, 49; Sir William Knight and son Adam in 956 A. D., 14 

Hilton, Hyrum, H. s. of Hugh H. , father of a family, 50; life story detail, 
100, 107; family, 135; Charles T. and family, 135; Elden C. and family, 
135; Elden R. and family, 135; Glenn H. and family 136; Blair G. and 
family, 136, Darwin J. and family, 136; Darwin B. and family, 136; 
Clyde J. and family, 136; Ivan J. and family, 136; Sadie E. d. of 
Hyrum Hilton, 50, 136; Hyrum, s. of Hyrum H.H. , father of a family, 
50, family, 136; Hyrum W„ and family, 137; LaMarr B. and family, 137; 
Robert H. and family, 137 

(Hilton) Isabella P. F. , honored grandmother, i ? 59, 63 

Hilton, John H, s. of Hugh Hilton, cited, 34; father of a family, 49 

life story detail, 80, 91; family 117, Hugh (b. 1887) s. of John H. and 
father of a family, 49, family, 120; Boyd B. and family, 122; Warren 


D. and family, 122; Eugene, author, 1; quoted, 11,12; family, 49, 
122; Eugene S. and family, 123; Joseph R„ and family, 123; Phyl N. 
and family, 123; Theodore C. and family, 123; Lynn M. and family, 
123; John U and family, 124; George F. and family, 124; Wilford, 
and family, 124; Wilford B. and family, 125; Clesse S. and family, 
125; Horace G. and family, 125; Roy P. and family, 125, Ross C. 
and family, 125; Lawrence R. and family, 126; Junius H. and family, 
126; A, Ivins cited, 34; and family, 126; Virgil and family, 126; 
Clement and family, 127; Lyle, cited, 3; family, 127; Lyle K. and 
family, 127 

Hilton, Joseph P. s. of Hugh, 6,61; cited, 34; father of a family, 50; 
life story detail, 91-99; quoted, 96,97; family, 128; Joseph C. cited, 
34; and family, 130; Barney H. and family, 131; John N. and family, 
131; Joseph D. and family, 131; Glade C. and family, 132; lanthus 
R„ and family* 132; Jack R. and family, 153; Samuel W. and family, 
133; Samuel W. 11, and family, 132; Joseph D. and family, 133; Allen 

E. and family, 133; Robert J. and family, 134; Floyd R. and family, 

Hilton, Gladys, cited, 34 

Hilton, Hugh (b, 1821) first Hilton Mormon, 1, 55; young Englishman, 1; 
in St„ Louis, Mo., 1; decendents proving faithful, 11; weaver, brew- 
er, 40; Hugh's Father's family, 46; Hugh's mother, 46; a "new" 
brother Henry, 46; Hugh's family. not Mormons, 48; with Lot Smith's 
"Army", 48,60; family, 52, 75, 110,113, vocations, 51; a child 

"workman", 53; physical appearance, 53; baptized in 1840, 55; ex- 
altation assured, 55; officiates, 56; to America on the "Ellen", 56; 
reach Utah, 58; Hugh Jr. died as infant, 60; sealed in Endowment 
House, 60; moved to "Dixie" in 1861, 62; considered "well to do", 62; 
sends wagons to aid emmigrating saints, 63; builds "grist mill" and 
cotton gin, 63; examples of "saving sense of humor" 65, 67; blesses 
grandchild, 67; life cut short, 68; buried in Virgin, Utah, 68 

( Hinton), Isabel H. cited, 34, 49; family, 117 

Hinton,, Wayne H„ and family, 117; Wayne K. and family, 117; John M. 
and family, 117; Dale S„ and family, 118; Lawrence H. and family, 
118; Harvard R. and family, 118; Bernard A„ and family, 118; Ivin 
V. and family, 118 

(Hogge) Mary R. and family, 115; Wallace D. and family, 115 

(Holien) Phyllis H. and family, 131 


Holton, Fred J„ quoted, 13 

Hop beer, 61,65,80 

(Hostetter) Donna B, and family, 115 

(Hovey) Caroline R„ and family, 129 

(Howell) Nada, and family, 119 

(Huish) Claire H„ and family, 131 

Hulton, Blethylhide, in Lane, 8, (c 1150) 15, b. in Wales (?), 17; 
driven from Wales, 17, 18,37; left no diary, 36; Captain Geoffery 
present "squire" 15, 37; early families were Catholics, 19; held 
many lands, 24. 

Hulton Hall in Lane. , 15; family lived in Hall approximately 800 years, 
15; extensive land holdings, 36; Hall described, 37; sketch of 38; 
now vacant, 37 

Hulton, Jorveth, exchanged lands with king John, 17 

Hulton Park, 6; visited after 800 years, 35 

(Hunt) Sarah A. d. of Hugh Hilton, family, 49, 68, 75, 78, 113, 117;George 
Jo husband of Sarah A. 44,50,76, re-marriage 76,79; family, 113; 
Jefferson D. and family, 116; George H. and family, 116 

(Hurd) Ruth I. and family, 112 

Indians, in Dixie, 63,64,71,81,101 

Industrial Revolution, effect in Britian, 41 

(Israelsen) Marilyn, and family, 127 

(Jarvis) Genevieve, cited, 34; d. Jospeh P. Hilton, mother of a family, 50; 
family, 128; Brigham H. and family, 129; Wesley B. and family, 129; 
Anthony B. and family, 129; David M. and family, 129; Wendyl L. and 
family, 129; Jospeh G. and family, 130; John M. and family, 130; 
Gideon S. and family, 130 

(Jensen) Margene, and family, 122 
Jepson, James, quoted, 52,66 


(Johnson) Annie, wife of Charles, 53,67; mother of a family, 49, 67, 
72, 110 

(Johnson) Sarah A . (Hunt) and family, 73, 79, 11.7 

(Johns) Ardith, and family, 121; Thomas G. and family, 121 

Johnston's Army, 61; covered wagons purchased, 65; chain a 

relic, 62; death of Gen, Johnston, 61 

Kelly, Lydia 1. "Belle", d. Sarah A, Hilton (Hunt), 49, 73; family, 113; 
Phillip H. and family, 113; Oscar V. and family, 114; Ralph and family, 
115; James V. and family, 114; Oscar L„ and family, 114, Vivian, 115 

Kimball, Heber C. heads first mission to England, 51; many join church, 
51; describes extreme cold, 56 

King, John "gave" lands to Hultons, 17 

Kipling, quoted, 10 

(Kitterman) Genevieve and family, 130 

Kolob, cattle herd, 83 

(Kirklin) Melba B. and family, 115; George L. and family, 116 

Labor, adverse conditions of, 52 

La Fevre, Sarah J„ wife of Hyrum H. Hilton, mother of a family, 50, 102 

Lancashire before 1066, 9; "Lancashire Witch" first engine, 40 

Land holders, 15, 24, 32 

(Larson) Ethel G. and family, 132 

(Larson) Peggy K. and family, 115 

Latter-Day Saints, of Ephraim, 10; first missionaries to England, 1837, 55 

"Legend of the Hiltons" quoted, 43 

Lehi, Utah, life in early, 61 


<Lovell) Lael and family, 125 

Los Angeles library searched, 33 

(Lykins) Zola, and family, 135 

Map of middle England, 6a, 23 

(Maschman) Kareen and family, 116 

Maternal genealogical lines, 58 

Matthews, Evelyn, Indian girl housekeeper, 83, 101 

(McLachlan) Farris, and family, 121 

(Mendenhall) Sherry A. and family, 136 

Mexico, Sarah Ann's move to, 77, her death there, children return 
from, 7 3 

Molesworth, historian quoted, 52 

(Moody) Valora D. and family, 114 

"Moral and physical abominations", 52 

(Morrill) Bernice and family, 118; Terry H. and family, 118; Donald 
C. and family, 118 

Mules, lost and found, 67 

(Murray) Virgie M. and family, 114; Maribell and family, 114 

"Neglected Genealogy" , 28 

New Zealand, Church college of, 1 

Normington, Thomas, grandfather, 74,87; my mother sealed to, 87 

(Nuhn) Dona I. and family, 112 

(Pace) Eda Z. and family, 116 

Parker, Maria, wife of John H. Hilton, mother of a family, 49,87; 
her father John Parker, first Bishop of Virgin, 62, 81, 87;Uncle 


Richard's "round up" stories, 84 

Patriarchal blessings, 11,84 

"Pedigree, Old" quoted, 17; known pedigrees start around 1100 A. D. 
15; "longest in Lancashire" 21,24,25,29,48 

(Peterson) Carolyn M. and family, 134; Richard H. and family, 135 

Photographs of relatives, 47 

Pilkington pedigree outlined, 58; relatives assist in sealings, 57; 

Hugh and Isabella visit Pilkington relatives, 67; Flat Iron, 78, 92 

(Porter) Dawn, and family, 125 

Pleasant Grove, Utah, Hiltons move to, 94 

Protestants, most Hiltons were, 21; Bolton Hiltons non- Catholic, 38 

(Prusse) Carol, and family, 124 

(Quick) Patricia L. and family, 121 

Records, many yet incomplete, 33 

Relatives in England, 104 

(Rich) Inez A. and family, 111 

Richards, Ellen May, wife of Joseph P. Hilton, mother of a family, 50 

(Riffle) Patricia L. and family, 115 

(Roberts) Eva, and family, 121; David V. and family, 122 

(Rockwood) Bonnie L. and family, 133 

Romans in England, 10 

(Ross) BethM. and family, 122 

Salem, Idaho, Hyrum moved to, 106 

San Francisco, Sutro Library searched, 33 


"Saxon Penhilton", 7,15,18 

Scattered families, 32 

(Schneider) Mandy and family, 115; Kenneth R. and family, 1 15 

Scotland, Hilton town in, 32 

(Shaw) Margaret A. and family, 127 

(Shumway) Patricia R. and family, 124 

(Singleton) Rosalee and family, 126 

(Sjostrom) Lydia A. quoted, 77; fami'y, 114; Norman M. and family, 1 14 

(Skeem) Mary E. d. of Sarah Ann Hilton, 49; family, 116 

Small pox, deadly, 73, 77, 78 

Smith, Joseph , a true prophet, 1 

Smith, Lot and "army" , 48 

Snedden, English relatives visited, 35; grand daughter of Henry 
Hilton, 47 

"Soft life" of Hugh's decendents, 64 

Spelling "Hilton" names, 8, 13 

"Squire" Hulton in Lancashire, 14 

(Starr) Ilda V. and family, 110 

(Stockberger) Constance and family, 134 

(Stone) Marilyn and family, 118 

(Stookey) Edith L. and family, 134 

Surtees, Robert, quoted, 29, 30 

Sutro Library searched, 33 


(Tanner) Ellen M, d. of Joseph P. , mother of a family, 50; family, 134; 
Earl D, and family, 134; De Onge W. and family, 135; Richard 
1 1, and family, 135 

Taylor, Martha, great great, grandmother, 49 

Temple work done, 16 

Tropic, Utah, Joseph and Hyrum move to, 93, 102 

"Velvet Walks" Bolton, Lane. Hilton residence, 46, 52 

Virgin city, Hiltons move to, 62; life in, 59-69; '■', Hilton graves, 68 

Vocation, son follows father, 52 

(Walker) Verda and family, 134 

Wallace, James and Dawn in Sydney, Australia, 1 

Washington, D. C. Congressional Library searched, 33 

Welch given names, 14, 17 

(West) Ethel M. d. of Joseph P. Hilton, 50; cited 34; mother of a 

family, 50; family, 132; Everett E. and family, 132; Dale H. 
and family, 132; John W. 11 and family, 132 

(Whiting) Lora and family, 124 

(Winegar) Ellen M. and family, 128 

(Wingate) Floy and family, 119 

(Weiss) Cheryl and family, 120 

William, "the conqueror", 1066, 8; and Barons, 9 

Wilson, Mr. caretaker Hulton Hall, presented pedigree, 39 

(Young) Ann J. and family, 129 

Young, Brigham, and party "served cakes and beer by Hugh Hilton and 
lady", 64 _ H9 _ 

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